22 September 2014

Chempolis and NRL teams up for cellulosic ethanol production from bamboo in Assam

MoU for producing biofuel ethanol with co-production of furfural and acetic acid from locally available cellulosic biomass

Chempolis Ltd, a Finland based biorefining technology corporation signed yesterday Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL, A Government of India Enterprise). Parties have agreed to jointly study to build a world class biorefinery in North Eastern India (Assam) for producing biofuel ethanol with co-production of furfural and acetic acid from locally available cellulosic biomass. Bamboo is one of the major non-food biomass resources available abundantly in North East India and it is among the fastest growing plants.

“India has seriously making acts to meet the biofuel mandate to blend 5 per cent and later 20 per cent of bioethanol in gasoline. India can soon be a forefront of biorefining.” says Pasi Rousu, President, Asia-Pacific and Americas, Chempolis Ltd.”

The MoU was signed between NRL Director Mr. SR Medhi and Mr. Pasi Rousu, President, Asia–Pacific & Americas, Chempolis at NRL Corporate Office, Guwahati.

Chempolis’ formicobio™ biorefining technology is based on selective fractionation of biomass and co-production of multiple products in a sustainable way. The technology is a versatile platform. In addition to bioethanol, sugars and lignin can be used as feed stocks to a myriad of different products.

Source: Chempolis Ltd., press release, 2014-09-12.

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