Praj pilot plant meets goals

By | April 14, 2009
The cellulosic ethanol pilot plant at Praj Matrix-The Innovation Center in Pune, India, has achieved its goal of producing ethanol from corncobs and sugarcane bagasse under varying operating conditions. Over the past year, Praj Industries Ltd. has expanded its scientific team to 75 people at Praj Matrix, the company's latest research and development center. The company has begun discussions with several distilleries, where it hopes to add a demonstration-scale cellulosic module using its patent-pending process. In earlier reports, Praj executives said the company's cellulosic ethanol process involved a novel pretreatment followed by fermentation with a specific microorganism. Praj Chairman Pramod Chaudhari said "the breakthrough puts us right on top of the league with advanced nations."