Pan-IIT virtual centre for bio-energy launched

To develop advanced technologies in the area of biofuels and pave the way for a sustainable solution to the energy crisis, the Department of Biotechnology has launched a virtual centre spread across five Indian Institutes of Technology — Bombay, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Jodhpur, and Roorkee.

To be coordinated by IIT Bombay, after the signing of a memorandum of agreement with the five IITs here on Friday, the “DBT-Pan IIT Centre for Bioenergy” will focus on the thematic areas of research in advance bio-fuel technologies, a Science & Technology Ministry release said.

The collaboration, initiated in January 2015, engaged a research team from the five IITs, consisting of 32 investigators who have been working on bio-energy and will jointly undertake research activities in the thematic areas of cyanobacterial biofuels, biofuels from micro-algae, ligno-cellulosic biomass to biofuels and techno-economic and life cycle analysis.

The Ministry said though the first virtual centre, it is the fourth such centre after the ones in Faridabad, Mumbai, New Delhi. “This is also the largest among the four Bioenergy Centers in terms of investigator participation,” it added.?

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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