L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering has signed an agreement with the Institute of Chemical Technology to build ethanol plants based on indigenous technology.
“Today, India is producing about 3 per cent bio-ethanol blending with ethanol derived from molasses, which is called generation (1G) ethanol. There is huge impetus from the government to set up second generation (2G) ethanol plants in order to achieve the ambitious target of 20 per cent blending bio-fuels,” the company said in a statement.
“L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro (L&T), has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) to build ethanol plants based on fully indigenous technology by ICT,” it said.
The technology is capable of processing a variety of feed stocks and offers one of the lowest project life costs, it added.
2G ethanol is defined as that derived from agricultural waters that do not much impact human and animal food chains, and results in more than 60 per cent reduction in fuel carbon emissions compared to equivalent petro-fuel use.