Praj to offer 2G ethanol technology for first bagasse-based bio-refinery in US
Praj Industries - a major player in process equipment, industrial wastewater treatment and bio-energy - will deploy its proprietary 2G ethanol technology, Enfinity, to produce ethanol and other co-products using sugarcane bagasse in what would be the first bagasse-based bio-refinery in the US. This is yet another milestone in the commercialisation of its Enfinity technology. The technology will be deployed after the successful demonstration of performance and due diligence of its 2G ethanol technology by a US-based oil & gas behemoth.
The bio-refinery is being jointly promoted by Florida based Omega Energy USA, a developer of renewable energy projects, while Louisiana based Lasuca Sugar, a producer of cane sugar, will supply bagasse feedstock. The promoters have issued a formal letter confirming their interest to engage Praj for developing the design and project program for a cellulosic ethanol bio-refinery in the US. The proposed project in the cane-sugar belt of the country will have the capacity to produce 10-15 million gallons per year (MGPY) of cellulosic ethanol.
Earlier this year US based domain specialists had visited Praj’s 2G integrated bio-refinery demonstration plant and Praj Matrix, the R&D center in Pune to study Enfinity technology.
Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries, commented, “This development comes on the back of a successful 60-day robust operation of our 2G demo plant that was monitored and evaluated on various parameters by experts from the oil and gas major. In addition to the Louisiana prospect, Praj is already executing four integrated bio-refineries for oil companies in India. We are delighted that Enfinity, an Indian technology, is gaining global recognition and acceptance from developed markets like the US. This reinforces Praj’s position as a global leader in the advanced bio-economy.”
Lasuca and Omega Energy are in the process of completing necessary formalities for the project.