National Sugar Institute creates value added product from bagasse | Kanpur News

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Kanpur: National Sugar Institute, Kanpur was effective in deriving a value added product from bagasse that’s a fibrous substance acquired as a consequence of sugarcane crushing.
annually, Indian sugar industry generates about 80-90 million metric tonnes of bagasse that’s used mostly as gas.
For making sugar sector economically sustainable, there’s greater demand for decreasing dependence on income from sugar and also to raise income from different sources through inventions, said manager of National Sugar Institute, professor Narendra Mohansaid
“We had been working on the job from the past two decades and have achieved success in creating a value added product: a derivative of levulinic acid, methyl levulinate, straight from bagasse that has varied application in transportation sector, health, agriculture and food business,” explained Prof Mohan.
“Aside from using anti-freezing properties in high elevation or quite cold climatic conditions, it’s used as fuel additive in bio-diesel and as food flavouring agent in the food market. It’s also used as insecticide, herbicide, plant growth regulator in agriculture, as localizing representative, as photodynamic treatment in cancer and plasticizing agent in a number of different programs,” he added.
“Currently, methyl levulinate is created by levulinic acid. Considering that the market price of levulinic acid is Rs. 500-800 per kg, the price of creation of methyl levulinate is also rather significant. We’re attempting to explore possibilities of creating a techno-economic procedure using abundantly available cheap raw material. Thus, we researched the possibilities of using bagasse as raw material that is offered at Rs 2-3 per kg just,” explained Dr Vishnu Prabhakar Srivastava, assistant professor of chemistry and job manager.
“Bagasse is made up of cellulose, hemi-cellulose and lignin. We’ve used only the cellulosic component, and so, remaining fractions might be used for different functions. We embraced selective alcoholysis of bagasse-derived cellulose with acid catalyst under autoclave conditions,” said Tushar Mishra, research scholar, and Dr Chitra Yadav, research assistant of this undertaking.
Merchandise characterization was completed via mass spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, gas chromatography, FT-IR spectroscopy and thin layer chromatography. The same has been shown to be similar with commercially available methyl levulinate made from other raw materials.
Considering that the developing market, access to inexpensive raw material and return of methyl levulinate being roughly 5 percent of the raw material (bagasse), we anticipate it could be possible to decrease the expense of manufacturing significantly. In this manner, the desirable utilization might be reached by different businesses,” explained Prof Mohan.
“We will scale the experiments up to have a clearer idea about the returns and price of production. A patent will also be filed soon by the magician,” he added.

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