Valmet supplies biomass pretreatment system to Praj biorefinery

By Erin Voegele | October 08, 2019

Valmet announced Oct. 3 it will deliver a BioTrac biomass pretreatment system to Praj Industries for installation at a second-generation ethanol biorefinery under development in India. The system is scheduled for delivery in 2020.

A statement released by Valmet indicates Praj is progressing on the execution of a first batch of four second-generation integrated biorefinery projects in India. Those projects have been contracted by major oil marketing companies.

Valmet’s delivery is to include one biomass pretreatment system. The company said the concept for the system is developed from its experience in pulping and fiberboard and will be applied to meet new biomass processing requirements. According to Valmet, the technology is suitable for the initial hydrolysis step of second-generation ethanol production and will allow waste materials, such as rice straw, to be used as feedstock for the production of biofuels. The company also noted this is its first commercial-sized order in Asia for second-generation ethanol production, and is the first delivery to Praj. Valmet said it will deliver machinery, engineering and site services, mainly from Sweden and India.

 We are very proud to play an important role in the transition away from fossil fuel, that is happening also in India,” said Tomas Jonsson, sales manager, biomass conversion technology unit, pulp and energy, Valmet. “For many years, Valmet has focused on developing technologies for the emerging biotechnologies. We look forward to continue the excellent collaboration with PRAJ and we believe the second-generation ethanol demand will increase in Asia and worldwide.”