St1 con­structs Etano­lix­pi­lot plant to pro­duce ad­vanced ethanol

Chemical Industry Digest - - Renewables -

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.

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