Monthly Archives: June 2019

Ethanol Manufacturers Worldwide Look Beyond Corn to Produce Ethanol

Corn, which is the most popular feedstock, is now finding replacements in the form of feedstocks as diverse as waste gases from landfills, wood waste from sawmills, and biomass feedstocks from sugar mills.

Praj has been working on consistently developing the bioethanol production technology since the past 35 years. This technology is fueling 100% of ethanol in Columbia and more than 60% production in Thailand. It is working towards a circular bio-economy through its cellulosic ethanol technology: ‘Enfinity’. This technology allows plants to produce cellulosic ethanol from biomass feedstocks, such as rice and wheat straw, bagasse, corn cobs, and stover, among others. It now has a demo 2G cellulosic ethanol plant placed right next to a Sugarmill to accommodate a variety of feedstocks such as bagasse, rice straw or wheat straw.

Praj is also moving into the renewable gas and renewable chemicals markets. The biogas business, which was operational the past many years only as a part of their wastewater treatment plant, is now being used in the production of ethanol.

Praj is also working with Gevo, a U.S.-based company, to produce jet biofuels. With this collaboration, they aspire to produce Isobutanol using juice, syrup, and molasses as feedstocks.

Read more to learn in detail

Amol Sheth talks at AIDA on Praj 2nd Gen Ethanol Tech ‘Enfinity’

Mr. Amol Sheth’s presentation at AIDA seminar on Praj 2nd Gen Ethanol Technology – Feb 2016

Greenhouse Gas emissions have been a significant contributor to the pollution scenario of the world in recent times. This invites an urgent need to adopt an environmentally friendly approach to meet the fuel demands brought by rapid urbanization. The biomass to biofuel technology project by Praj called ‘Enfinity’ is aimed at reducing carbon footprints and popularising sustainable technology into the mainstream. It involves 2nd generation bioethanol plant using Agri-based feedstocks.

This technology can help produce 3525 crore liters of bioethanol per annum from nearly 141MMT of biomass, which can not only meet nations fuel ethanol requirement, but also export to neighboring countries. The key challenges for the ‘Enfinity’ project includes Feedstock sourcing, Economic viability and Risk Management. Praj has already signed 4 MoUs with 4 prospects in North India and has also attracted NRI investors.