Praj breaks ground on India cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant

08 August 2013 16:22  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Praj Industries and partner Viraj Alcohols & Allied Industries on Thursday broke ground on a second-generation cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant in Shirala, India.

Praj’s plant will operate with a capacity of 100 dry tonne/day of biomass, including agricultural waste such as corn stover, cobs and bagasse, the India-based renewable energy technology firm said.

Announced in November 2012, the project is expected to cost $25m (€19m) and will enable Praj to consolidate its six years of research and development (R&D) efforts to develop various biochemicals and byproducts.

India-based ethanol producer Viraj will provide the land and allied services for the smooth operation of the project.

“The greenhouse gas savings from cellulosic ethanol is greater than those from first-generation crop-based biofuels, as well as fossil-based fuel, and hence this project will play a vital role in reducing carbon footprints,” said Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman at Praj.

($1 = €0.75)

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