The Indian government has announced the release of the “Innovation Roadmap of the Mission Integrated Biorefineries,” which was developed by the co-leads and active contributors from Brazil, Canada, the European Commission, and the UK. The mission aims to increase international collaboration and funding for energy research, development, and demonstration over the next five years to facilitate public and private investment.
The roadmap’s goal is to fill the gaps and challenges in current biorefining value chains, prioritising eight key actions to support the mission, and guiding the mission’s overall path to success. It also provides policymakers with a strategy framework for establishing a growing R&D portfolio over the next five years, specific financing proposals across the entire spectrum of critical biorefinery technologies, and recommendations for immediate action.
A pilot plant with a capacity of 10 tonnes per day and integrated enzyme production is being built in Panipat, Haryana. This facility is expected to be operational by December 2022. This will be the first indigenous enzyme production technology. Also, the Indian Oil Corporation Limited intends to supply this indigenous enzyme to a commercial 2G ethanol plant with a capacity of 100 KL per day, which is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2024.