Tereos Océan Indien- eRcane
Tereos is a cooperative agro-industrial group specialized in the primary processing of sugar beet, sugar cane and grains into a full range of sugars, starch products, alcohols, bioethanol and coproducts intended for animal feed and electrical power.
With 38 sites across Europe, South America and Africa, Tereos offers sustainable outlets for the production from one million hectares of farmland. Tereos undertakes to provide an outlet for the entire sugar beet output of its co-operative members and to expand its markets. This undertaking has become all the stronger since the reform of European sugar industry. Despite the reduction in sugar quotas and by taking advantage of new markets (alcohol, bioethanol, chemicals industry). Tereos has managed not only to maintain but to expand the acreage of sugar beet production handled by its factories. At the same time, its investments in starch, glucose and bioethanol have opened the way to the processing of nearly 3.6 million tons of cereals, mostly produced by French farmers.
Present in Reunion Island, in France, since 10 years, the Tereos group (Tereos Océan Indien) is devoted in the development of sugarcane industry on the island. Tereos Ocean Indien’s activities covers the production of sugar from the two Reunion Island sugar companies: the Gol Plant and the Bois-Rouge Plant, the packaging and the distribution and also the improvement of the productivity of sugar and the development of new ways to improve economic value of sugarcane by his research and development centre, eRcane. Reunion Island is located in the Indian Ocean. As it is a French overseas department, French and EU regulation applies to the industry for environmental impact. The regional strategy is to be self-sufficient in terms of energy in Reunion, based on renewable resources: sun, wave, wind and biomass.
In recent years, the sugarcane industry has been moving from sugar production alone to sugar and energy production with the development of cogeneration and ethanol plants. Around 350 GW are produced each year from sugarcane bagasse (fiber residue) and it represents around 16% of the annual electrical consumption in Reunion. The bagasse cogeneration technology have been developed in Reunion since 1984 with design of high pressure boiler that can burn bagasse and coal (coal is used during the intercrops). This renewable energy is also used for sugarcane processing. The focus of this project will be on the Le Gol Plant in the west of Reunion Island.
Role within the Project
Contributions in WP6 (Ethanol separation), WP7 (DEMA process and system integration) and WP8 (Business plan, exploitation and dissemination)
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