India Inaugurates Its First Ethanol Biorefinery

India's first integrated biorefinery for renewable fuels has been inaugurated by the country's minister for road transport, highways and shipping, Nitin Gadkari.

The new facility will be implemented by Praj Industries and will be vital in advancing the country's ethanol blending program. The new biorefinery boasts integrated production capability of one million litres per year of ethanol from a variety of biomass and is built on Praj's proprietary platform technology, enfinity.

In the inauguration, Gadkari also stressed the Indian government's dedication to fostering the biofuel industry. He also stressed the need for agricultural diversification, wherein agri-waste will generate additional revenues to the farming community. With the help of Praj's ethanol technology, he believes that the country took a vital step toward it.


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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