Ethanol-from-pineapple process tested in Colombia

08 May 2006 20:24  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Biomass Resources Corporation said on Monday it has successfully extracted ethanol from pineapple fruit and pineapple plant waste.

The Boca Raton, Florida-based company said the standard ethanol processes from products such as sugar cane and corn require the producer to select either food or ethanol as the end product.

Biomass Resources Corporation said its process does not require a “food or fuel” decision. The process can use both the ingestible produce (fruit/vegetable) and the plant waste product to extract ethanol.

Initially, the company is focusing on the pineapple industry. It has built a research and development/production facility outside of Cali in the centre of Colombia’s pineapple industry.

The pineapple separation technology can produce cellulose and hemi-cellulose (the key component of ethanol), bromelain, the sugar substitute xylitol and lignin.

By: Patrick Crow
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