Praj begins commercialization phase of cellulosic ethanol process

Praj Industries Ltd. has begun the commercialization of its cellulosic ethanol process, according to Chairman Pramod Chaudhari, who announced the milestone at the dedication of the company's new integrated biotech research and development center in Pune, India. Covering five acres, the center is located near the company's headquarters. It includes 12 laboratories, seven clean-room facilities, a biodiesel pilot plant and a cellulose-to-ethanol plant. Praj's cellulosic ethanol process involves a novel pretreatment followed by fermentation with a specific microorganism.