DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, Mumbai is a unique place that integrates basic and translational science capabilities for bioprocess development and scale up. The 10 ton/day biomass demonstration facility based on the novel DBT-ICT Lignocellulosic Ethanol Technology, the development of novel ‘Hybrid Technology’ for the treatment of municipal solid waste (MSW) and municipal liquid waste (MLW) and the commissioning of 1000L modular photobioreactors designed for autotrophy as well as mixotrophy growth of algae are some of the salient achievements for the centre.
This DBT-ICT Centre has entered into phase-II with continued DBT support for next 5 years till year 2018.
The centre is fully equipped with international standard facility DBT-ICT lignocellulosic ethanol technology is being demonstrated at a scale of 10 T biomass/day and an integrated pilot plant at India Glycols Limited phase has been designed and commissioned. The plant is operational since June 2015.
Other major achievements are as follow:
Three US patents, one South African patent, one Bangladesh and one Pakistan patent granted for methods for production of fermentable sugars from biomass, One US patent granted for Counter Current Fluidized Moving Bed and One South African patent granted for Fractionation of Biomass.