Praj celebrates inauguration of second-generation ethanol plant

By Erin Voegele | May 08, 2017

On May 7, Praj Industries Ltd. unveiled a demonstration-scale biorefinery capable of producing 1 MMly of cellulosic ethanol. The facility, located near Pune, India, is expected demonstrate the production of additional renewable fuels and chemicals in the future.

According to Praj, the facility can process a wide range of biomass feedstocks, including rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, bagasse, can trash, and corn cobs and stover. The company noted the facility features its proprietary platform technology, enfinity, for the manufacture of ethanol from agri-waste materials.

“Our country is paving its way toward greater energy self-reliance,” said Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, at the plant’s inauguration.

“We are honored that Praj’s second generation biorefinery demonstration plant is inaugurated by Mr. Nitin Gadkari, who has been strongly supporting renewable fuels for transportation,” said Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman of Praj. “We have been working on second generation ethanol technology for over seven years and this plant is a testament of our technology leadership in the bioenergy space.”

In a statement, Praj indicated India plans to develop 10 to 12 second-generation ethanol projects, each with a capacity to produce 100,000 liters (26,417 gallons) of ethanol per day.