Products of Birla Sugar

Industrial Alcohol & Ethanol

The Group has in all three distilleries across Uttar Pradesh and two distillieries in Bihar and the aggregate installed capacity of these units is 260 Kilo Litres per day.

About Industrial Alcohol & Ethanol

Ethanol, a type of industrial alcohol, also called ethyl alcohol, pure alcohol, grain alcohol, or drinking alcohol, is a volatile, flammable, colorless liquid dirived directly from molasses. Ethanol fuel is the most common biofuel worldwide, particularly in Brazil. Alcohol fuels are produced by fermentation of sugars derived from wheat, corn, sugar beets, sugar cane, molasses and any sugar or starch that alcoholic beverages can be made from (like potato and fruit waste, etc.). The ethanol production methods used are enzyme digestion (to release sugars from stored starches), fermentation of the sugars, distillation and drying. The distillation process requires significant energy input for heat.

Ethanol can be used in petrol engines as a replacement for gasoline; it can be mixed with gasoline to any percentage. Most existing car petrol engines can run on blends of up to 15% bioethanol with petroleum/gasoline. Ethanol is also used to fuel bioethanol fireplaces. As they do not require a chimney and are "flueless", bio ethanol fires are extremely useful for new build homes and apartments without a flue.

One of the most remunerative applications of molasses is in the manufacture of ethanol, an environment friendly fuel. Being an oxygenate it contains high percentage of oxygen which helps combust fuel more completely and reduces vehicular injurious emission. The Government has made blending of fuel petrol with 5% ethanol mandatory with effect from 1st October, 2003 in nine states and four union territories.