The research was carried out by Dr. Udara Arachchige; Department of Civil and Environmental Technology, Faculty of Technology, USJ, Prof. Nilmini Liyanage; Department of Materials and Mechanical Technology, Faculty of Technology, USJ, Mr. Sadeep Jayasankha (M.Phil. Student); Department of Civil and Environmental Technology, Faculty of Technology, USJ.
Banana is one of the common fruit available everywhere in the country. Approximately 50,000 ha of land is currently under banana cultivation in Sri Lanka, and the annual banana production is around 450,000 metric tonnes. Based on the available data, approximately 135000 tonnes are discarded as waste and end up in landfills. The wastage is considerably higher than other fruits compared to the total quantity. The main reason is that banana is available throughout the year and having the shorter shelf life. The wastage of the banana always ends up as garbage where it is used to dump or as feedstock for composting. Therefore, researchers from the Faculty of Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, investigate the possibility of bioethanol production using banana waste. The research was carried out with financial support from a university research grant. The success of the study will be the turning point to utilize the waste fruit to produce bioethanol.