Ramkumar Nair


New method makes bioethanol from waste – in existing plants

It is possible to produce bioethanol from agricultural and industrial waste in existing plants in a socioeconomically sustainable way. A research project has been carried out by doctoral student Ramkumar Nair at the University of Borås, where he verified a new process model.

“I have been verifying a process that we hope will work in an industrial scale, when it comes to using existing ethanol factories”, he says. “Thanks to that process, the industry can become more sustainable and use agricultural or industrial waste for the production of bioethanol.” Bioethanol is used for fuel for ethanol cars, among other things. Usually, wheat, sugar canes, or corn are used for ethanol production. In Sweden, wheat is the most common. “But these are crops that could be used...