An Indian oil refiner says it is preparing to pioneer the production of ethanol from bamboo in the country, with a refinery slated to open in December. The plant of state-owned Numaligarh Refinery Ltd,…

The plant of state-owned Numaligarh Refinery Ltd, located in the northeastern state of Assam, is expected to produce 50,000 tonnes of ethanol a year, aided by what it says is a unique technology, managing…

Energy demand is booming in India, largely underpinned by greater use of fossil fuels, even as the challenge from climate change mounts. That is putting greater focus on alternatives. Amid that challenge,…

“Bamboo is all around in the northeastern region,” Pukhan said, adding that the refiner intends to start a mass-planting campaign, with 6 million tissue-cultured bamboo saplings a year for feedstock.

Within two years, Numaligarh aims to grow 20 million saplings a year, meeting local refinery needs, he said.

Extracted in full from: Indian refiner pioneers ethanol from bamboo (bangkokpost.com)

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