Implementation of various types of continuous fermentation processes and multipressure distillation systems for molasses based distillery with fermentation efficiency of over 90%, steam consumption of 2-2.2 litre/litre Rectified Spirit and spentwash reduction from 15-16 litre (batch process) to 7-8 litre/litre Rectified Spirit.
Introduction of pressure vacuum distillation system based on PLC scada control for improved quality of alcohol.
Introduced fed-batch fermentation to achieve 11-12 % (v/v) ethanol.
Promoted B-Heavy molasses route for better economic viability of sugar mills & distilleries.
Anaerobic digestion of high strength spentwash from a continuous fermentation process.
Development of potential yeast cultures for alcoholic fermentation e. g. Culture supplied by VSI to Saswad Mali Sugars Ltd. has given excellent results. They have achieved almost 12.00% (v/v) alcohol concentration in fermentation broth. This is probably the highest alcohol concentration reported in fermentation by Indian distillery using “C” heavy molasses.
Prepared 515 DPR and 275 tender documents, 10 valuation reports, 58 Cost proposals for submission to DFPD for interest subvention and 30 ETP adequacy reports till 2018-19 for member and non-member distilleries.
Secured consultancy and DPR preparation assignments from member and other reputed distilleries/organizations such as Dharani Sugars & Chemicals Ltd., Jamkhandi Sugars Ltd., Bhoruka Power Corporation Ltd., Grainotch Industries Ltd., Viraj Industries Ltd., Ankur Biochem Private Ltd., Lok B. P SSK, Ghodganga SSK, Majalgaon SSK, Nira Bhima SSK, Bhima SSK, Sahakar Shiromani V. K. SSK, Pandurang SSK, Manjara SSK, Vikas SSK, Radico Khaitan Group, Birla Group, Sommaiya group, Riga Sugars, AB Mouri, Uttam Sugar, Bhoramdev, United Spirit Limited, Tamilnadu Cooperative Sugar Federation etc. Completed successfully total 200 various projects.
Completed following three research projects funded by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB),
Development of guidelines for water conservation in distilleries
Evaluation of technologies for bio-methanation of distillery spent wash and further treatability studies
Development of standard and guidelines for Grain based distillery waste in India.
Completed CREP project report preparation work for almost all member distilleries. A Committee consisting of representatives of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB),Commissioner of Sugar and VSI approved all reports prepared by us. We have provided full technical support and guidance to all member distilleries to undertake the CREP work.
Played important role in preparation of report on scoping studies of distilleries under Green Chemistry Initiative of GoI.
Represented VSI as Chairman of expert committee formulated by CPCB for preparation of Charter/Action plan for distilleries in Ganga basin.
Assessment & preparation of ETP adequacy reports for distilleries in Ganga basin as well as in Maharashtra & Karnataka.
Represented VSI as Expert member on various committees constituted by Punjab, Maharashtra & Karnataka Government for revival of co-operative sugar mills.
Invited by GWI, UK to present paper on “Perfecting recoveries in distilleries” in Global Water Summit 2019 held at London, UK.
Successful placements of students of M. Sc. (Wine, Brewing & Alcohol Technology) and Alcohol Technology courses.
Due to efforts of Alcohol Technology & Biofuels department, the performance of member distilleries has improved consistently.