Ethanol from sweet sorghum is alternative
In 2012, Brazilian Embrapa will launch three new cultivars of sorghum. The demand for materials has grown in parallel with the global demand for renewable fuels. The sorghum is a promising option as a feedstock for ethanol during the off season for sugarcane. When the cane distilleries traditionally stops, the sorghum is able to supply them, avoiding the big drop in ethanol production, especially in the months of March and April.
Embrapa Maize and Sorghum in Brazil has been developing sorghum cultivars with high biomass productivity with the potential to produce, on average, 50 tons of dry matter per hectare per cycle (five to eight months) as an option to sugarcane during the offseason.