To help the Indian government achieve the national ethanol blending targets of 20% by 2017, private sugar mills and the public sector research institutes are collaborating with ICRISAT to identify and test sweet sorghum varieties suitable for ethanol production. A total of seven sugar mills are associated with ICRISAT in this 3-year project.
Editor’s comment: In South Africa, DalinYebo Trading and Development (Pty) Ltd, in collaboration with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, have identified sweet sorghum varieties with a high pentosan content, so as to use the bagasse for the co-production of furfural, a high value chemical.
Achievements for Year 1
- A big mill test was successfully conducted at Madhucon Sugars, Telangana without changing any of the mill settings. The test showed a primary brix (sugar content of a solution) of 15o which is close to sugar cane.
- Bagasse utilization is critical in sweet sorghum value chain and one of the possible uses of bagasse is through comp…