Praj Industries has expertise in offering ethanol plants based on agricultural residues


Praj Industries and Sekab have collaborated to provide technology solutions for sustainable biofuels. (Credit: Tumisu from Pixabay)

Sweden-based Sekab E-technology has collaborated with Indian company Praj Industries to upgrade and commercialise technology solutions to advance the production of sustainable biofuels and chemical products.

The partnership enables Praj to scale up, incorporate and enhance the CelluAPP technology developed by Sekab.

The CelluAPP technology will help convert coniferous residue into biofuels and bio-based materials

The CelluAPP technology has been designed to convert coniferous residue into biofuels, green chemicals, and bio-based materials.

With operations in more than 75 countries, Praj Industries has expertise in offering ethanol plants based on agricultural residues. Praj has the capacity to offer different technology solutions that facilitate a fossil-free transition.

Sekab CEO Tomas Nilsson said: “Global climate action is a must, and through this work, Sekab and Praj can offer solutions for the production of sustainable biofuels, materials, and biochemicals.

“The market includes, and is not limited by the Nordic countries, the USA, Canada, and other boreal regions around the world where softwood residues are an unused resource.”

The CelluAPP technology platform holds the capacity to process almost all forms of biomass into environmentally friendly and marketable chemical products such as biogas and lignin.

Sekab’s technology uses the residual products from the forest. Since 2004, Sekab has been involved in the pretreatment of residual products from the forest via continuous operation at the demo plant in Örnsköldsvik.

Currently, Sekab provides green chemicals and biofuels produced on bioethanol. The latest technology enables to apply Sekab technology for forestry residues such as sawdust from softwood to further enhance bioethanol production across the globe.

Sekab E-Technology executive vice president Monica Normark said: “Sekab can offer unique process solutions through license sales for pre-treatment, enzymatic saccharification and fermentation technology for forestry residues that can be applied both in new and existing plants but CelluAPP technology needs to be realised on a commercial scale and where Praj will be a very good complement to Sekab.”

In February, Forge Hydrocarbons, a Canadian biofuels start-up, secured an equity investment from Shell Ventures and a follow-on contribution from Valent Low-Carbon Technologies.

The investment will be used by Forge Hydrocarbons for the construction of a CAD30m ($22.6m) commercial-scale biofuel production facility in Sombra, Ontario.