IIT-K, NSI Kanpur Sign Mou To Establish Centre Of Excellence For Biofuels

(MENAFN- IANS) Kanpur, June 16 (IANS) The Indian Institute of technology Kanpur (IIT-K) and National Sugar Institute (NSI), Kanpur, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for biofuels.

The signing of the MoU took place in the presence of Ashwini Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Sugar), Department of Food and Public Distribution, Union Government; Manindra Agrawal, Director, IIT Kanpur; and Seema Paroha, Director, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur.

Under this MoU, IIT Kanpur and NSI Kanpur will engage in joint projects to conduct cutting-edge research and develop and adopt state-of-the-art technology to enhance biofuel production in the country with improved efficiency and sustainability.

The biofuels are expected to play a key role in reducing dependency on fossil fuels and mitigating climate change as well.

The focus area of this collaborative research work will take up the study on enhancing the production of Ethanol, Methanol, Bio-CNG, Aviation Fuel, and Green Hydrogen, etc. from biomass, a renewable source of energy.

Uttar Pradesh being an agriculture-based state and one of the top-ranked states in sugarcane production, will be an ideal place for biofuel research.

This partnership aims to leverage the expertise of both institutions to address the growing energy needs of India while promoting environmental conservation.

Manindra Agrawal, Director of IIT Kanpur, said, "NSI Kanpur has been working in this field for over 60 years, understanding the market dynamics and technological requirements well. Parallelly, IIT Kanpur possesses an understanding of fundamental science and technologies in chemical and other related domains. The aim is to combine the strengths of both institutions to create a state-of-the-art centre to help India take a leadership position in the area of biofuels."

Aswani Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Sugar), Union government, said: "The National Bio-fuel Policy, 2018, allows the production of ethanol from various sugarcane-based feedstock as well as the use of surplus food grains for production of ethanol. Under the Ethanol Blended with Petrol (EBP) Programme, the government has fixed the target of 20 per cent blending of ethanol with petrol by 2025. To increase the production of ethanol in the country, the government has been promoting maize as a major feedstock for the production of ethanol. It is also focusing towards the 'Waste to Wealth' approach by promoting the usage of other by-products of sugarcane."

Seema Paroha, Director, NSI Kanpur, said, "This is a long-term MoU, and a dedicated building with a state-of-the-art laboratory, including all requisite equipment, pilot plants, and instruments, will be established for the CoE at the institute campus. This will initially be funded by the Ministry, and moving forward, industrial tie-ups will also be targeted."

This MoU signifies a way forward in enhancing the production of advanced sustainable high-quality biofuels by developing innovative technologies, optimising existing processes, and establishing pilot projects to demonstrate biofuel technology viability.

This will ultimately contribute to safeguarding the energy supply, protecting the climate by minimising CO2 emissions, and reducing dependence on fossil fuels/import of crude oils.



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