US biorefinery to convert bagasse to ethanol using Praj process

By Praj Industries | September 04, 2019

Subsequent to the successful demonstration of performance and due diligence of its 2G ethanol technology by a U.S.-based oil and gas behemoth, Praj Industries announced crossing yet another milestone in the commercialization of its Enfinity technology.

Enfinity, Praj’s proprietary and award-winning technology, will be deployed to produce ethanol and other coproducts using sugarcane bagasse in what would be U.S.’s first bagasse-based biorefinery. The biorefinery is being jointly promoted by Florida based Omega Energy USA, a developer of renewable energy projects, while Louisiana based Lasuca Sugar, a producer of cane sugar, will supply bagasse feedstock.

The promoters have issued a formal letter confirming their interest to engage Praj for developing the design and project program for a cellulosic ethanol bio-refinery in the U.S. The proposed project in the cane-sugar belt of the country will have the capacity to produce 10-15 MMgy of cellulosic ethanol.

Earlier this year U.S. based domain specialists had visited Praj’s 2G integrated biorefinery demonstration plant and Praj Matrix, the R&D center in Pune to study Enfinity technology. They acknowledged the facility, plant performance and scope for proliferation.

Speaking about the project, Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman of Praj Industries, said, “This development comes on the back of a successful 60-day robust operation of our 2G demo plant that was monitored and evaluated on various parameters by experts from the oil and gas major. In addition to the Louisiana prospect, Praj is already executing four integrated biorefineries for oil companies in India. We are delighted that Enfinity, an Indian technology, is gaining global recognition and acceptance from developed markets like the USA. This reinforces Praj’s position as a global leader in the advanced bioeconomy.”

Lasuca and Omega Energy are in the process of completing necessary formalities for the project.