India: Biofuels Praj Completes India's First Integrated Bio-Refinery
Praj Industries announced the completion and start-up of its bio-refinery applying 2nd generation ethanol technology.
Pune/India — India’s first integrated bio-refinery is built on the company’s proprietary platform technology “enfinity’’ for manufacturing ethanol from agri-waste.
The second generation demo plant can produce one million liters per year of ethanol by processing a variety of agri-residue like rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, bagasse, cane trash, corn cobs & stover, etc. into ethanol, with high product yields. According to the company, further research and development as well as infrastructural measures to transport renewable fuels and chemicals are underway.
Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman of Praj Industries said: “Praj’s 2G demo plant is a testament of our technology leadership in the bio-energy space. This innovative technology has substantial potential to enhance energy security and help India become energy self-reliant. It uses abundantly available cellulosic biomass while effectively addressing the challenge of agricultural waste management and mitigating pollution. Commercialization of 2nd generation ethanol technology will give an impetus to rural economy and create additional employment opportunities.”
India is aspiring a 20 % blend ration and is currently building up the production environment for 2nd generation ethanol. As a part of this drive, 10 to 12 Second Generation ethanol projects are expected to be finalized. Each of these plants will have the capacity to produce 100,000 litres of ethanol per day.