Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways inaugurated Praj Industries’ second generation integrated bio-refinery demonstration plant for renewable fuels and chemicals, near Pune. India’s first integrated bio-refinery demonstration plant is built on Praj’s proprietary platform technology – “enfinity’’ for manufacturing ethanol from a variety of agri-waste.
The second generation bio-refinery demonstration plant will produce 1 MLPA ethanol by processing a variety of agri-residue like rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, bagasse, cane trash, corn cobs & stover, etc with superior product yields. With continual research and development, further pipeline of other renewable fuels and chemicals is underway to be produced from this technology platform.
In India, an eco-system for 2nd generation ethanol is in the making to achieve the aspired 20% blend ratio. As a part of this drive, 10 to 12 Second generation ethanol projects are expected to be finalized, with average capex of around Rs 600 crore each. Each of these plants will have the capacity to produce 100,000 litres of ethanol per day.