The department has taken initiative to bring together the multidisciplinary strengths available in various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs, which are centres of excellence on technology, spread across the country) which are already working in the area of biofuel.
The Centre would be a virtual consortia of five IITs and a proposal has been submitted to develop a virtual bioenergy centre, which will leverage their existing strengths and capacities to work synergistically towards developing cutting edge technologies for biofuel production.
DBT- Virtual Enzyme Centre
Network programme on enzyme and protein engineering for biofuel
The major bottleneck in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into ethanol is the high cost associated with the hydrolytic enzymes.
Therefore, focus of the research should be to find cheaper ways of producing the enzymes and to find more active enzymes with high thermal tolerance.