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Sulzer technology to convert bamboo into bioethanol

Assam Bio Refinery Pvt Ltd, India’s first bio-refinery, will use Sulzer’s pump and separation technology to convert bamboo into bioethanol in its refining processes.

Sulzer is supplying a range of engineered application pumps as well as core technology such as column internals for the pioneering Indian bio-refinery, which is a joint venture between the Indian state-run oil refining company Numaligarh Refinery Ltd and Finland’s Fortum and Chempolis.

The bio-refinery, which will use 300 000 tons of bamboo each year, will be the only refinery in the world to create bioethanol from bamboo. The refinery will procure bamboo and other raw materials from local suppliers, strengthening the community’s local economy.

“The increased use of renewable energy sources is all the more important as global demand for power continues to rise,” said Frédéric Lalanne, president of Sulzer’s Flow Equipment Division. “Sulzer is committed to using its engineering expertise and process knowledge to support customers that are using innovative processes to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and improve sustainability.”

Lalanne will become CEO of the Sulzer Group on 18 February 2022.