St1 constructs Etanolixpilot plant to produce advanced ethanol
Nordic energy group St1 has completed the construction of an Etanolix pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol’s starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. In the project, St1 is piloting its own technology to produce advanced ethanol for transportation using cassava pulp as feedstock. The pilot plant will be operated for a year in several starch factories to test different environments, conditions, and seasonal changes.
The pilot phase is essential to finalize the concept for a full-scale ethanol production plant using cassava pulp into an investment proposal. St1 has founded a subsidiary in Thailand, St1 Renewable Energy Thailand, to run the piloting and R&D of the cassava pulp ethanol production process.
The aim of the project is to start construction of the first commercial plant after the pilot phase. The amount of cassava waste generated by Thailand’s largest starch production plants would enable the construction of units producing 10-30 million liters of ethanol per year. According to the company, the goal is to build up to 20 Etanolix plants in Thailand, with a total production capacity of 400 million liters of ethanol per year.