Institute aims to bring advancements in bioresource technology for the production of bioenergy
The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Andhra Pradesh is encouraging its faculty and researchers towards advancements in the field of bioenergy.
Bioenergy is a form of renewable energy derived from living organic materials known as biomass that can be used to meet energy demands. Biomass energy would improve energy security of developing nations like India.
Towards this, the institute had organised a five-day online faculty development programme on “Waste to Bio-energy: A Sustainable solution”, which will end on September 17.
This programme aims to bring advancements in the field of bioenergy through waste utilisation and minimise the dependency on fossil-based fuels to improve energy security.
Addressing the inaugural event, CSP Rao, director, NIT Andhra Pradesh, said, “With the announcement of new biofuels policy by the Government of India in 2018, India has focused more in the area of bio-energy and has set a target to achieve 20% blending of ethanol in petrol and 5% blending of biodiesel in diesel by 2030. Hence research should be focused more towards utilisation of waste for the production of biofuels/bioenergy.”
This five-day programme was intended to impart advanced knowledge on bio-valorisation of wastes to renewable chemicals and biofuels for faculties, scientists, and research scholars.
The core areas covering the training were:
Delivering the Inaugural lecture,T Jagan Mohan Rao, head, department of biotechnology, NIT Andhra Pradesh, said, “With the rapid depletion of fossil fuels-based energy sources the need to find alternate sources of energy is increasing. In this regard, the domestic and industrial waste residues will serve as the best alternative to produce a wide variety of biofuels and bioenergy. The main aim of the FDP is to bring about the recent technological advancements in the field of bioresource technology for the production of bioenergy along with value-added products and waste management. Thus, this FDP will help the scientists, faculty, and research scholars to get the updates about the latest developments in the domain of transforming the waste to bioenergy by finding sustainable solutions to curb the menace of various waste for the production of renewable and value-added products.”
The outcomes from this five-day online training include:
The research interests of faculty members include microbial production of biofuel and value-added products, wastewater treatment, bioremediation, marine bacterial green-surfactants-and-polymers, microbial biotechnology, nanobiotechnology, microbial enzymes, photo-bioreactor, modelling, simulation and scaling-up.
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