2nd Generation (2G) Cellulosic Ethanol Demo Plant by Praj Sees Ground-Breaking
PUNE, India, August 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
- South Asia's 1st Cellulosic Ethanol Demo plant gets underway - 2G Cellulosic ethanol demo plant will also enable development of the entire value chain including biomass impact on the capex and opex - Innovative concept of Biorefinery for production of Biochemicals launched
Praj Industries, the global process solutions company for bioethanol, alcohol and
brewery, water and wastewater & critical process equipment has emerged as the first
Company in South Asia to set up an integrated 2nd Generation (2G) Cellulosic ethanol
Praj’s Executive Chairman Mr. Pramod Chaudhari did the groundbreaking today at Shirala
in Sangli District in Maharashtra (India) along with Chairman of Viraj Alcohols & Allied
Industries Limited (VAAIL), Mr. Mansinghrao Naik.
The 2G Cellulosic ethanol demo plant will operate on different variety of biomasss
with a capacity of 100 dry tonnes of biomass per day, which includes agricultural wastes
such as corn stover, cobs and bagasse. The demo plant will enable Praj to consolidate its
6 years of R&D efforts, starting with laboratory trials to pilot scale trials. The same
plant will also enable Praj to develop various biochemicals and bioproducts.
The demo plant will seek to demonstrate various technical parameters including
optimization of water and energy integration and its impact on the capex and opex. The
plant will also develop the entire value chain including biomass handling and biomass
composition and its impact on the operations. Praj expects the project cost to be in the
region of US$ 25 million (Rs. 145-150 crore).
For this project, Praj will associate with VAAIL, an existing ethanol producer located
in Western Maharashtra and a long term client of Praj. VAAIL will provide the land and
allied services for the smooth operation of the project.
Commenting on the ground-breaking, Mr. Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj
Industries, said: “Ground breaking of 2G Cellulosic ethanol plant is a giant leap in
biotechnology and towards a more sustainable world. The greenhouse gas savings from
Cellulosic ethanol is greater than those from 1st Generation crop-based biofuels as well
as fossil-based fuel and hence this project will play a vital role in reducing carbon
footprints. The project site at Shirala gives us a locational advantage in terms of
sourcing of biomass, utilities and manpower. We are delighted to work with VAAIL who has
been our long term client.”
On this occasion, Mr. Mansinghrao Naik, Chairman, VAAIL said: “Viraj has more than a
decade’s experience in operating ethanol plants based on both, molasses as well as grains.
Praj has supplied both these plant. It gives me great pride to be associated with Praj as
it will give us the opportunity of participating in a path-breaking project.”
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