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India’s first Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Demonstration Plant

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India’s first Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Demonstration Plant

India’s 1st Second-Generation (2G) Ethanol plant was inaugurated today by Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. The Ethanol Production plant is based on Cellulosic Ethanol Technology. On the occasion of inauguration, he showed the pride in the indigenously-developed Cellulosic Ethanol technology that resulted in a plant build as demonstration plant for Ethanol production. Such Cellulosic Ethanol technology based ethanol production is a perfect example and success of Make in India programs and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Such innovative technologies can help the world t fight against the serious problems like global warming and save the green earth.

This is just a demonstration plant on a pilot run project, with a capacity to consume 10 tons of biomass per day, is based on the globally-competitive indigenous technology of converting lingo-cellulosic biomass to Ethanol.
By deploying the Cellulosic Ethanol Technology it enables to convert all types of agricultural residues like Bagasse, Rice Straw, Wheat Straw, Bamboo, Cotton Stalk, Corn Stover, Wood chips etc. to ethanol in less than 24 hours, with optimum product yields. If successfully operated and scaled-up, it will establish India as a major global technology provider in the arena of renewable and reduction in carbon-emissions, besides effecting considerable savings in import of crude-oil.
 Dr. K. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, expressed confidence in Cellulosic Ethanol technology, and it has the lowest capital and operating costs, will allow 2G-Alcohol to be produced and sold at globally-competitive price.


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