Diffusion of a Sustainable EU Model to Produce 1st Generation Ethanol from Sweet Sorghum in Decentralised Plants

M. Pin, D. Picco, A. Vecchiet, C.M. Parlagreco, O. Leòn, J Fernández Gonzalez, K. Konstantinou & A. Bartsios
In the current situation the EU bioethanol market is controlled by big industrial groups and large agricultural cooperatives of the sugar and alcohol industries and mainly cereals are processed in big plants (100,000­200,000 t/y). This situation is due to some relevant barriers: economic, logistical, ecological, environmental, social and dissemination barriers. Sweet sorghum is an energy crop characterised by high biomass yields, large amount of free sugars in the stems and low input requirements. The 1st...