Research and Development 

Fives Cail maintains its technological leadership position thanks to an important investment in Research and Development for all its key products.
Cane factories are an excellent tool for producing large quantities of electricity by co-generation without the use of fossil energy (biomass combustion) as well as bio-ethanol from cane juice or molasses.
The latest Fives Cail process developments have enabled it to offer a complete range of equipment with both high sugar yield and excellent energy consumption.

 Fives Cail Millmax sketch


 Fives Cail Sumo massecuite pump sketch



The advantages offered by the equipment in terms of energy optimisation are :

The "In-Line" Shredder enables, without using any cane knives, a cane preparation above 90 %, before extraction, with reduced power consumption (about 15 %).
The MillMax®, a unique concept for cane extraction invented by Fives Cail (patented in 2006), enable, among other advantages, to extract the sugar from the cane with electrical consumption reduced by 30% compared to conventional mills.
The Falling Film Evaporators adapted for cane (Fives Cail patent, pilot in Reunion Island in 2004, followed by the installation of 3 evaporators in 2006) and the Continuous Vacuum Pans, lowers the steam demand in the sugar factory and consequently allows for having more steam available for producing electricity that can be sold back to the grid.
The ZUKA® Batch Centrifugals provide very high performance (up to 31 cycles per hour) with a very low specific electrical consumption (0.7 kWh per ton of massecuite for one ZUKA® 1750 operating between 21 and 29 cycles per hour).
Typically, a cane sugar factory, with a capacity of 10,000 tons of cane per day operated during 6 months per year, that uses Fives Cail technology is able to export 100,000 MWh of electricity per year from biomass (bagasse burning), thus decreasing the CO2 production by 40,000 tons per year compared to electricity production from conventional fossil fuels.


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