Alternative energy technology

In our existing operations – biofuels, wind energy and biopower – we are modernizing and transforming our businesses using new technology. We are also evaluating new opportunities based on digital technologies

Biofuels

Technology is key to enabling ‘farms of the future’ for our biofuels business in Brazil, allowing us to move quickly towards ‘smart’ farms equipped with driverless vehicles, precision land and crop management leveraging big data capabilities, machine learning and far greater process automation.

The extensive biofuels business value chain presents a range of opportunities to introduce digital technologies to operate faster and smarter, and to drive additional value.  

From land origination, soil preparation, planting, cane treatment, then cutting and loading, transportation, industrial processing at the mills, sales and trading, and finally outbound logistics.

Examples include establishing an agriculture intelligence centre to allow remote monitoring of all operations, and deploying new sensors and enhancing on-board computers on harvesting and planting equipment to optimize productivity.

Wind

In the US, our wind energy assets include 14 onshore wind farms located everywhere from the Hawaiian island of Maui to the hills of northeast Pennsylvania. Combined, they have a gross generating capacity of 2,259 megawatts – enough electricity to power all the homes in a city the size of Philadelphia.

Each site receives round-the-clock support from a remote operating centre (ROC). Working with field colleagues, the ROC uses advanced technology to monitor and enhance performance, reliability and safety, evaluating things such as turbine availability, power-generation capacity, wind speed, weather and other critical factors.

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