GE to Present Technology Solutions for Creating a Sustainable Future in the Sugar and Ethanol Industry

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The increase of ethanol demand is a global trend.


Expanding productivity and ensuring product quality are some of the major challenges for sugar and ethanol plants around the world. In Brazilian operations in particular, equipment reliability and highly efficient processes are two key priorities to increase Brazilian plants’ competitive advantages.

With this favorable scenario, plants must be prepared to manage the expected growth while meeting these production needs with technology and practices that ensure a sustainable future for the industry.

To contribute to the success of the sugar and ethanol sector, GE has been a technology provider to the industry by delivering the newest technology and services that are key to the plant’s operations throughout the entire production process.

To this effect, GE (NYSE: GE) will be an active participant at Brazil’s Feira Fenasucro, showcasing products and services for the sugar and ethanol sectors that are designed to help processes more efficient and support industry growth. The trade show will take place August 21 to September 3 in Sertãozinho, State of São Paulo, Brazil, which represents more than 50 percent of the sugarcane harvest of the country.

“As GE continues to invest and grow in Latin America, we remain keenly aware of the need for a wide range of both economic and sustainable energy, water and productivity solutions,” said Tadeu Justi, region executive for Latin America—water and process technologies for GE Power & Water. “The sugarcane and alcohol industries continue to open new markets within the energy arena, and GE’s broad portfolio of products and services can help meets this sector’s unique needs.”

The following advanced solutions and offerings for the sugar and ethanol sector will be showcased at GE’s booth (# 141 – Pavilion 1) during Fenasucro 2010.

Water & Process Technologies

GE’s water and process technologies division will present various applications for critical processes used in the sugar and ethanol industries, such as biocides, additives for sugar lightening, control of online deposit for evaporators, off-line cleaners, juice floatation additives, viscosity modifiers, de-emulsifier, antiseptics and antibiotics for fermentation, control of deposit for distillation columns, leading chemical technologies of filtering and separation, membrane technologies, reverse osmosis systems (RO), Evapsoftware and ethanol neutralizers.

  • TrueSense

    GE recently introduced a technology platform called TrueSense™ that gives users previously unavailable tools to optimize productivity and increase water savings in the monitoring and control of cooling water systems, which are critical to the operation of cooling systems in the sugar and alcohol space.

  • InnovOx: This new technology will make it easier to analyze difficult industrial water samples. Expanding GE’s capabilities for process, environmental and wastewater analysis, the Sievers InnovOx On-Line Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analyzer will allow users to evaluate challenging water samples on a routine basis without requiring excessive preventive maintenance.

  • PROPAK This technology is ideal for facilities using boilers—i.e. for power generation—and those interested in removing dissolved solids from water. Propak helps users address challenges faced with surface water variation and footprint-constrained sites.

Intelligent Platforms

As a global provider of software, hardware, services, and expertise in automation and embedded computing, GE Intelligent Platforms offers a unique foundation of agile and reliable technology providing a sustainable competitive advantage in the ethanol, metals and mining, waster and waster, food and beverage, government and defense, and telecommunications industries.

GE Intelligent Platforms will be showcasing various hardware and software solutions, such as:

  • PAC 8000, with remotes in redundant networks (Ethernet and Profibus), offers speed and high availability.

  • The recently launched Proficy Process System (PPS) version 2.0 allows agility and security in robust or critical applications that need 24-hour availability.

  • Proficy Plant Applications, providing improved global functionality and system performance, with more user interface options and conformance features. Plant Applications facilitates valuable manufacturing intelligence capabilities within the Proficy Software platform and helps companies holistically improve operating performance and production execution.

  • PACSystems RX3i hardware redundancy, Cimplicity 8.1, iFix 5.1, new technology for WEB Global View, System Sentry and DATAMART 2.0.

Industrial Solutions

GE’s Industrial Solutions division is one of the main generator manufacturers for Brazil’s sugar and ethanol industry. With a tradition of quality and capacity, Industrial Solutions offers industrial services in the Motors & Generators services, Field Engineering, Cranes, Mechanical Services and Machine Control Solutions industries.

Synchronous generators for steam and gas turbines and Custom 8000, Quantum LMV and Pegasus MHV motors are some of Industrial Solutions’ product offerings in the sugar and alcohol space.

  • Synchronous generators for steam and gas turbines can be manufactured for a range of 1,500 – 40,000 kW, up to 15,000 Volts, with cylindrical or solid 4 poles constructions.

  • Custom 8000 are horizontal induction motors for medium and high voltages. These motors can be manufactured for a range of 500 – 15,000 HP (400 – 11,000 kW), up to 15,000 Volts.

  • Quantum LMV are horizontal induction motors for medium and low voltages. These motors can be manufactured for a range of 350 – 2,000 HP (250 – 1,400 kW), up to 6,600 Volts.

  • Pegasus MHV are horizontal induction motors for medium and high voltages. These motors can be manufactured for a range of 500 – 22,000 HP (400 – 16,000 kW), up to 15,000 Volts.

Measurement & Control Solutions

GE’s Measurement & Control Solutions business is a leading innovator in advanced, sensor-based measurement, control, non-destructive testing and inspection and condition monitoring, delivering accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare.

Highlights from Measurement & Control Solutions will include:

  • The Essential Insight.mesh provides wireless remote inspection, which allows for the monitoring of equipment in hard-to-reach sites, thus reducing installation costs up to 80% in comparison with standard cabled systems and increasing the operational reliability of the plant.

  • Line of sensors, devices, instruments and systems that allows monitoring, protecting, managing and validation of critical processes and applications in areas of pressure, moisture, oxygen, temperature, flow and level.

  • USM Go is a portable flaw detector that is small, sturdy and easy to operate, and offers a display screen with a 800×480 pixel resolution with extremely good visibility in high brightness.

Jenbacher Gas Engines

The Jenbacher gas engine division of GE is one of the world’s most renowned companies in the field of waste-to-energy applications with a delivered fleet of more than 1,700 engines running on biogas from anaerobic digestion. Power generation with biomass from ethanol production is possible with GE’s Jenbacher gas engines.

The sugar industry is very important in Brazil, especially for the production of ethanol fuel. The process of making highly valuable ethanol fuel creates several by-products, which also contain certain energy. One by-product is the remaining woody part of the sugar cane, called bagasse, which is commonly used as a bio fuel in the boilers at ethanol plants for the steam demand in the processes. Another by-product is called vinasse, which is an effluent from the ethanol production after distillation. This waste stream has a low energy content and is often used as fertilizer. But the energy content in the vinasse is still high enough to be used in an anaerobic digestion process, producing biogas that can then be converted into valuable electricity and heat in cogeneration systems based on gas engines.

GE Power & Water’s Jenbacher gas engine division is a leading manufacturer of gas-fuelled reciprocating engines, packaged generator sets and cogeneration units for power generation. GE’s gas engine technology covers an output range of 0.25 to 4.4 MW and can operate on a broad variety of gases while offering high levels of efficiency, durability and reliability.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world’s toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, health care solutions and television programming, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company’s website at

GE serves the energy sector by developing and deploying technology that helps make efficient use of natural resources. With nearly 85,000 global employees and 2009 revenues of $37 billion, GE Energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies. The businesses that comprise GE Energy—GE Power & Water, GE Energy Services and GE Oil & Gas—work together to provide integrated product and service solutions in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative fuels.

For more information, please contact:

Debora Comenalli
Edelman Brasil
(11) 3017-5306

Mayra Bergman
GE Power & Water
+1 215 942 3613

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