New device may cut costs of making ethanol in Thailand

By | September 01, 2002
Thai researchers are developing technology to make tapioca-sourced alcohol at a faster than normal rate, which will speed up the process of making ethanol. Based on American know-how, the researchers are making a machine that turns white flour from cassava chips to glucose and ferments it to make alcohol, using only one container instead of the two needed in the conventional approach. The new technique could save up to 72 hours of manufacturing time,' said Klanarong Sriroth, a researcher from Kasetsart University's faculty of agro-industry. The researchers have built an ethanol plant, located in the compound of the Liquor Distillery Organisation, a state enterprise under the Finance Ministry, in Chachoengsao, as well as a distillation chamber for purifying alcohol.