Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/22/2011
Publication Date: 5/1/2012
Citation: Klasson, K. T. 2012. Char from sugarcane bagasse. In: Carrier, J., Ramaswamy, S, Bergeron, C., editors. Biorefinery Co-products: Phytochemicals, Primary Metabolites and Value-added Biomass Processing. Chichester, U.K.: John Wiley & Sons. Chapter 15, p. 327-350.
Technical Abstract: Unused sugarcane bagasse represents an underutilized resource in sugarcane growing regions of the world. This is a renewable resource that can be used in a thermochemical process to create chars, which could be incorporated back into agricultural activities. The practice is likely to improve soil quality, reduce need for fertilizer, and sequester some of the carbon in the soil and thereby reducing the overall carbon emissions from agricultural activities. The bagasse chars could also be used as fuel. Further processing of the chars to create higher-value products may be warranted and these products could be used for detoxification of soil, environmental applications, and by industry as replacement for coal-based products.