Molasses is used in a number of industrial applications where both its binding and beneficial biological properties have been effectively and innovatively utilised:-
Briquetting and carbon black agglomeration - In addition to being easy to handle and incorporate into a manufacturing process, molasses has an advantage over other binding materials in that it does not release pollutants during high temperature manufacture or end-use processes. This makes molasses an ideal binder for use in both coal and steel briquetting and carbon black agglomeration.
Stabilising cement – Molasses can be added at a low rate to cement to delay setting times by 12 to 24 hours which can aid pumping and temporary storage on large scale operations.
Water remediation treatment – Molasses is commonly used in water remediation treatment, to maintain the biological efficiency of the pollution control process.
Anaerobic digesters - Due to increased pressure to use renewable energy sources and find suitable ways to dispose of certain organic wastes, anaerobic digestion is becoming increasingly popular for the generation of biogas and digestate. The biogas can be burnt to produce heat and electricity whilst the digestate can be used as a soil conditioner.
Molasses and related co-products are excellent high energy liquids that can be used to help improve the overall efficiency of the plant as well as also generating a significant amount of biogas.
Liquid fertilisers - Molasses and related co-product liquids provide a valuable source of nutrients, promoting healthy plant growth and enhanced levels of beneficial soil micro-organisms. The natural origin of these liquids offers the grower an attractive alternative to traditionally manufactured fertilisers.