NANNING, Mar. 2 -- China's first power plant using sugarcane leaves has been put into operation in south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
The factory, annually using 200,000 tons of agricultural wastes including sugarcane leaves and tree barks to generate electricity every year, started production in Liucheng County Friday.
The station has an annual capacity of 180 million kilowatt hours and can cut the emission of 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide, 600 tons of sulfur dioxide, and 400 tons of dust compared to coal-fired power plants with the same efficiency.
Farmers had been burning straw and sugarcane leaves in the field, causing severe air pollution and causing 70 percent of fire accidents in the county, said Wu Jiguang, the plant manager.
The plant purchases sugarcane leaves from farmers at a price of 120 yuan per ton, Wu said.
Guangxi has eight million tons of usable sugarcane leaves every year, which can provide materials for about 38 such plants, he said.