'Research in bio fuel underway'

'Research in bio fuel underway'

Penn State University Professor of Environmental Engineering Dr Sairam Rudrabhatla                        addressing the international seminar on ‘Current scenario in Bio fuels technology’ at NMAM Institute of Technology. Speaking after inaugurating international seminar on ‘Current scenario in Bio fuels technology’ at NMAM Institute of Technology, NITTE , he said to produce biofuel in large scale, “we need to collaborate countries like India where we get enough raw materials and technology experts in bio fuel.”

Karnataka State Bio Fuels Development Board Chairman Y B Ramakrishna said research and development is required, focusing on quality material and productive bio fuel plant and advanced conversion technologies.

National University of Singapore Professor Dr Prakash P Kumar said the research and development would lead to delivery of better products to society and to substitute fossil fuel, even in Singapore also the research activities are in progress in the area of bio fuel.

NMAM Institute of Technology Principal Dr S Y Kulkarni said that the bio fuel plant at the institute will help by producing bio fuel which is environmental friendly and the generation of the required oil seeds by planting and the collection of raw materials will improve the economy of the farmers around the institute. He also said “if we do not think of an alternate for conventional fuel, a day will come to travel in bullock cart.”  

Dr S S Rao, Principal Scientist, from Sorghum Research, Hyderabad and vice Principal, Dr Niranjan N Chiplunkar were present. More than75 delegates from different institutes and research centres were in the seminar.

Expansion of bio fuel plant

NMAM Institute of Technology Principal Dr S Y Kulkarni said “the bio fuel plant is producing 10 litres of bio fuel a day from nonedible oil seeds and we are using it for our institute generator.

We are planning to upgrade it to 1000 litres per day. As it requires advanced technology for large scale production, we are planning to sign MoU with two reputed international Universities namely PennState University, Harrisburg, USA and National University of Singapore. For the purpose of establishing large scale production unit, the institute is ready to invest about Rs five to six crore.”

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