The main concerns of the Departments are the technologies used in the sugar cane industry.
To improve the efficiency of the sugar cane industry through the development and implementation of new technologies, and to assist the industry in solving technical problems.
On going research projects
1. Cane quality
Due to increasing mechanization in the fields, the quality of cane received at the factories has deteriorated considerably, resulting in poor sugar recovery. Consequently, studies are being carried out on :
Mill extraction has improved considerably during the past years.
The following projects have been identified to reduce the costs of operating and maintaining the mills:
3. Clarification and filtration
Juice clarification and filtration are important in the sugar manufacturing process and their efficiencies have to be maximized so as to eliminate impurities that can affect any subsequent processes. The studies involved are:
4. Evaporation, crystallization, centrifugation and drying
Present projects include:
5. Molasses exhaustibility
Molasses contain a significant amount of sucrose and its maximum exhaustibility has always been a priority for the sugar technologists.
6. Steam and energy
Projects for the optimization of steam and power requirements in the different manufacturing processes are being carried out with the aim of increasing electricity export to the national grid so as to reduce our import of fossil fuel.
7. Automation and engineering
Projects relate to the development of efficient control strategies for the different manufacturing processes.
Audits are regularly carried out in sugar factories to help compliance with discharge norms for factory effluents.