Praj set up bioethanol demo facility in India

Praj to set up bioethanol demo facility in India

5:03 AM, 22nd November 2012
Praj to set up bioethanol demo facility in India
Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries.

PUNE, INDIA: Praj Industries Limited, a Pune-based biofuels manufacturing company, will be setting up a 10-million-litre-a-year demo commercial plant for lignocellulosic to ethanol conversion in India. Praj initiated the ‘lignocellulose to ethanol’ programme to address the need to expand ethanol production from non-food, agri-residue. The company is currently pursuing feasibility on the biorefinery model based on a sugar platform.

According to the company, the engineering package is ready and Praj has signed a memorandum of understanding with a customer for the location. Praj is in discussions with other strategic investors and partners for participation. The company expects the project cost to be between $25 million and $30 million, and hopes to break ground in early 2013.

“The successful demonstration of various parameters at the demo-commercial plant will put Praj at the forefront of the biobased economy and in the race for commercial scale second-generation biofuels. While this plant size is appropriate for emerging markets, with our past experience of quick scale up, it will be well within Praj’s capability to scale the capacity even up to 10 times,” said Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries.

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