Bio-Ethanol Production Development in Armenia

Bio-Ethanol Production Development in Armenia

BBI performed a country-wide study in Armenia to evaluate the best alternatives for in-country production of bioethanol. In conjunction with national experts, they spent numerous weeks evaluating the agricultural potential by visiting a number of plant sites around the country. They held meetings with various government and non-government stakeholders to gather data, understand the national policies and sensitivities as well as engage them to garner as much insight for the project as possible.

The project’s outcome produced a complete technical and environmental analysis which indicated that bioethanol feedstocks could be grown on land that was currently not suitable for food crop production. Jerusalem artichoke (a non-food crop) was identified as a crop with great potential as a feedstock for bio-ethanol production in Armenia in the near to mid-term. It could be cultivated on land that was currently fallow. Moreover, it possesses relatively high carbohydrate content, especially in its root tuber, thereby making it extremely suitable for bio-ethanol production in the region. The recommended capacity size of the plant was 7,000 tonnes per annum based on the based on the assumption that the Government of Armenia would mandate 5 percent blending of bio-ethanol by volume with petrol by the year 2014.