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DBT’s Initiative to promote Biofuel R&D and Innovations in India
World Biofuel Day – 10th August 2018

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Rapid fire

  • GoI has approved revised “National Policy on Biofuels-2018” in June 2018.
  • DBT is promoting R&D for biofuel technology development recognizing the need for alternate energy.
  • 2G Ethanol Technology successfully developed and demonstrated and is being transferred to OMCs.
  • Novel Technologies have been developed for conversion of Municipal Solid Waste to Energy.
  • The micro algae based sewage treatment technology has been demonstrated at pilot scale.
  • DBT is training & encouraging young researchers in the field of Bioenergy through Fellowships/Awards.

The World Biofuel Day is observed every year on August 10 to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels. DBT-ICT Centre 2G Ethanol Technology & pilot plant at (10 Tons biomassday) IGL Kashipur

The Indian Government has approved the revised “National Policy on Biofuels-2018” in June 2018. The policy has the objective of reaching 20 percent ethanol blending and 5 percent biodiesel blending by 2030. Among other things, the policy expands the scope of feedstock for ethanol production and has provided for incentives for the production of advanced biofuels.

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is also promoting R&D for biofuel technology development recognizing the need for alternate energy for transportation. Many leads have been taken forward for potential translational value in the form of Biofuel products or technologies.

Hence, in this regard, DBT has committed to come out with Research, Development and innovation in line as per the revised National Biofuel Policy. The Department has come up with following achievements:

  1. 2G Ethanol successfully developed and demonstrated and is being transferred to OMC’s (Oil Marketing Companies) for setting up Commercial Plants based on the technology.
  2. Indigenous Cellulytic Enzyme is also being developed.
  3. Novel Technologies have been developed for conversion of Municipal Solid Waste to Energy like Bio-Oil, Bio-CNG and Bio-Methanol, which are being implemented at Demonstration level.
  4. The micro algae based sewage treatment technology has been demonstrated at pilot scale.
  5. Department also strengthened the International Collaboration to accelerate innovation in Sustainable Biofuel through multilateral programs like Mission Innovation and Biofuture Platform.
  6. The Department has recently launched Funding Opportunity Announcement for Innovation Challenge inviting proposals to support research and development in cutting edge areas.
  7. DBT is training & encouraging young researchers in the field of Bioenergy through Fellowships/Awards.
  8. Fifth DBT Bioenergy centre in the country to be announced soon.