AdvanceBio engineers develop process to eliminate vinasse

By | October 14, 2010
AdvanceBio LLC, a Cincinnati-based engineering and consulting firm, has developed a technology that eliminates the vinasse produced as a byproduct of sugar-based ethanol production. Vinasse consists of mostly water with a small amount of organic material and has little market value. Brazilian sugarcane-to-ethanol producers typically truck the byproduct to fields, where it used for irrigation, but that method of disposal could pose environmental concerns in highly populated areas. The company said its technology is compatible with any sugar processing technique and could adapt to any front-end process. AdvanceBio is consulting with U.S. groups seeking to locate sugar-based facilities in the southern U.S.