Indian researchers patent “low cost” fractional hydrolysis technology

February 1, 2016 |

In India, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee have patented a fractional hydrolysis technology they say produces low cost ethanol from a perennial weed known as Kans grass, typically used for thatching roofs. Using the process, scientists could recover over 43.78% cellulose and 24.22% hemicellulose from the Kans grass compared to 37% cellulose and 22.1% hemicellulose from Eastern Gama grass. The process doesn’t use some of the toxic chemicals required in standard hydrolysis, making it more friendly to the environment.

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