Project at a Glance
  • The word Vinasse comes from Latin vinaceous and originally meant wine yeast. Beginning 20. Century became Vinasse the common expression for thickened, vergorene sugar beet molasses in Europe. Vinasse is, exactly like molasses, a honey-like dark-brown syrup, which develops as Folgeerzeugnis after the Fermentieren of molasses. Vinasse presents a light brown color and a low total solids content, from 2-4%, when it is obtained from straight sugar cane juice and a black-reddish color and total solids ranging from 5-10% .
  • Vinasse has high levels of potassium, calcium and organic matter in its chemical composition as well as moderate amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus and could represent an alternative to supply such nutrients in crop production.
  • The physical characteristics of vinasse effluent from sugar cane ethanol production and its possible utilization in brick manufacturing. In its concentrated form, vinasse is used as a fertilizer in agriculture, as raw material for single cell protein production, and for energy conversion. In addition, concentrated vinasse can be mixed with soil to obtain a material called soil-vinasse whose physical and mechanical characteristics allow the production of non-structural bricks.
  • Vinasse can be used in feeds either for protein enrichment or as bonding agents/dust brake. Carrot Vinasse with high protein content is particularly suitable as a fodder admixture (4-5%) for Wiederkäuer. Due to the smaller ammonium compatibility for pigs or poultry admixtures of approx. 2% worked satisfactorily, one speaks here also of Vinasse as bonding agent, for dust reduction and than appetite activators.
  • The content of partially organically bound mineral materials (N-P-K) makes carrot Vinasse a valuable organic fertilizer (e.g. Among other things also for Orchideen). By the remainder sugar content Vinasse, by enrichment of the soil with soil microorganisms, favors additionally the rotting of straw and the fertility of the soil. Therefore, pipe Vinasse is suitable due to their higher Salzgehalts less for the fertilization, the fertilization should at the most about every 3 years take place. A too frequent applying of pipe Vinasse can decrease the soil fertility by salting.
  • Physicochemical analyses of vinasse samples confirmed the absence of pathogens and the low metallic trace element and organic trace compound contents. The nutrient element content was 1.10 g/l nitrogen, 0.08 g/l phosphorus and 9.05 g/l potassium. The high organic matter content (34.5 g/l) in vinasse is a potential source of major pollution.
  • Research by Applied Plant Research (PPO) and Plant Research International (PRI), institutes of Wageningen UR, has shown that vinasse reduces the formation of apple scab ascospores by more than 95 %. This is a breakthrough in organic apple growing because it means that autumn application of vinasse may strongly reduce the presence of this important disease in orchards. Vinasse was also found to considerably stimulate leaf degradation during winter.

 General Information

  • Sugar beet
  • Ethanol
  • Vinasse
  • Vinasse information

Production Process

  • Brazilian process of ethanol production
  • Flow diagram of ethanol production
  • Production and fermentation of ethanol
  • Ethanol from cane molasses
  • Ethanol production process
  • Production of tequila from agave
  • Overview of the environmental problems in beet sugar processing
  • Combustion of vinasse

Company Profiles

  • Chase Organics
  • Nascent Corporation Ltd.
  • Osmo
  • Rochem
  • Saint Louis Sucre


  • Sayed Madany Arafat
  • Sugar Technology Research Institute
  • Marishal Thompson Group
  • Murtagh & Associates


  • Organic Amendment Based on Fresh and Composted Beet Vinasse
  • Residual and cumulative vinasse effect on brasilian sugarcane soil and nitrogen water table pollution
  • Sugar-beet Vinasse Increases the Effectiveness of Iron Sulphate and Vivianite Correcting Iron Chlorosis
  • Effects of vinasse on sugarcane productivity


  • Vinasse reduces formation of apple scab ascospores
  • Agricultural use of three (sugarbeet) vinasse composts
  • Use of vinasse, an ethanol distillery waste, as an amendment to bioremediation of diesel oil contaminated soils
  • Use of sugarcane ethanol vinasse for brick manufacture
  • Recycling vinasse for agricultural use
  • Assessment of greenhouse gas emissions in the production and use of fuel ethanol
  • Co-products applications
  • Effect of High Levels of Vinasse Application on Soil Fertility and Potash Leaching


  • Generation and Delivery of Renewable Energy Based Modern Energy Services in Cuba
  • IENICA project
  • IFC projects
  • Vinasse Anaerobic Treatment Project
  • Combustion of raw rapeseed oil, vinasse and heavy fuel-oil for heat production

Equipment Suppliers

  • Fluidcon Boilers Equipments Pvt Ltd.
  • Comp Engineering and Exports
  • Whiting Equipment Canada Inc.


  • Process for clarifying vinasse
  • Process for fractioning vinasse
  • Apparatus for the processing of vinasse
  • Method for fractionating a solution
  • Process for the production of fuel alcohol, without vinasse
  • Method for producing ethanol with frequent input or yeast
  • Process for recovering betaine


  • Production of Mushroom Mycelium as a Protein and Fat Source in Submerged Culture in Medium of Vinasse
  • Electro dialysis to reduce potassium level in vinasses
  •  The effect of the fertilization with vinasse rompak product of the biological activity of the cultivated soils
  • Co-Generation Opportunities Utilizing Sugar Industry Wastewater Through the Use of Biological Treatment Systems
  • Vinasse dynamics in soil using energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence with radioisotopes excitation
  • Urea and sugarcane straw nitrogen balance in a soil-sugarcane crop system
  • Utilization of grape marc and vinasse via a two-phase composting procedure
  • Tekes technology
  • Evaporation Technology

Products and Plants

  • Vinasse-Kali Liquid
  • Poultry Manure + Vinasse-Kali
  • Beet wine (vinasse) 38% K2O - potash powder
  • Brazilian ethanol industry
  • Ethanol production plants
  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Global sugar cane industry


  • Mass and energy fluxes of Brazilian agriculture for export to Asia: Sugarcane
  • Water Use and Impacts Due Ethanol Production in Brazil
  • Columbia Paving the Way in Renewable Fuels for Transport
  • U.S. Sugar is too expensive to convert to fuel
  •  The sugar solution targets organic apple growth
  • Marketable commodities from beet ethanol vinasse coproducts


  • Ethanol production from sugarcane in Brazil
  • Economic feasibility of ethanol production from sugar in the United States
  • Fruit thinning in organic apple growing with optimized timing and combination strategies
  • Innovations in the production of Bioethanol and their implications for energy and greenhouse gas balances
  • JTI annual report
  • Pollution prevention diagnostic cane sugar mill final report
  • Study of molasses / vinasse waste ratio for single cell protein and total lipid production
  • Crop Energies annual report
  •  Annual reports
  • Survey of waste spread on land
  • SPRI news

 Safety and Guides

  • Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines for Sugar Manufacturing
  • FAQ'S about production and use of fuel ethanol