Cellulosic Demo Under Development in India

By Staff | September 23, 2013

Praj Industries Ltd. has broken ground on the first integrated cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant in India. The facility will take in a variety of feedstock sources, including corn stover, cobs and sugarcane bagasse. Once operational, the plant will have the capacity to process 100 dry metric tons of biomass per day. 

According to Praj, the expected cost of the project is $25 million. In addition to demonstrating technical parameters of the technology, including water optimization and energy integration, the project will also develop the biomass value chain, including feedstock handling and biomass composition.

Praj is working with Viraj Alcohols & Allied Industries Ltd. on the project. VAAIL, a long-term client of Praj and existing ethanol producer in India, will provide land and allied services for the cellulosic demonstration.