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IIT Madras inks pact with ExxonMobil to boost biofuel research

The IIT Madras has collaborated  with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE)  for research on energy and biofuels. The 5-year joint-research agreement focuses on biofuels, data analytics, gas conversion and transport, and is intended towards finding low-emission solutions.

Centre increases Ethanol Prices

The Indian Government has directed the oil marketing companies (OMCs) to increase the procurement of ethanol and has also increased the price for buying the ethanol from the farmers. This move holds significance as the state elections in Maharastra, Haryana, and Jharkhand. What has happened? The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a ..

Researchers at IIT Hyderabad develop method to make biofuel with sugar and salt

By using sugar, sulphuric acid and salt, the researchers of IIT Hyderabad have developed a cheap and efficient nano-carbon catalyst to help in the production of biofuel precursors. The catalyst showed better efficiency and selectivity than the commercially available variants to produce the desired C15 oxygenated hydrocarbon — a precursor to diesel and jet fuel. ..

AN-32 of Indian Air Force (IAF) certified to operate on indigenous Bio-Jet fuel

The workhorse of the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Russian made AN-32 transport aircraft was formally fleet certified to fly on a blended bio-jet fuel partly derived from trees. The fuel will be 10% tree-derived and 90% conventional aviation fuel. The IAF has plans to widen the experiment over the next two years. The approval ..

Union Cabinet approves “Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN (Jaiv Indhan- Vatavaran Anukool fasal awashesh Nivaran) Yojana”

The Lignocellulosic biomass (or LC biomass) refers to plant biomass that is composed of carbohydrate polymers (cellulose, hemicellulose), and an aromatic polymer (lignin). It is the most abundantly available raw material on the Earth for the production of biofuels, mainly bio-ethanol. It is in news recently because the Union Cabinet has approved the “Pradhan Mantri ..

India’s first 2G Ethanol Bio-Refinery to be set up in Odisha

India’s first second generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-Refinery will set up in Bargarh district of Odisha by 2020, where ethanol will be produced from rice straw. The proposed plant will be set up by the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore. The foundation stone of which was laid on ..

Can Ethanol Blending Be a Panacea For India?

Twin challenges of increasing price of crude and depreciating rupee are burdening Indian economy. Time and again it has been emphasised that increase in the use of biofuels as a way out to address this challenge. Among biofuels ethanol appears to be the most viable alternative. Other biofuels such as jatropha have often proven to ..

The 2018 World Biodiesel Day (WBD)

The World Biodiesel Day (WBD) is observed every year on August 10 to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and to highlight the various efforts made by the Government in the biofuel sector. The day also honours the research experiments by Sir Rudolf Diesel who ran ..