Research And Development
Acts as coordinating
institution between various technical institutes & Govt. organizations to
take up research & development activities in the state.
• MGIRED, Bengaluru:
Is carrying out
Research and development in Bio-energy areas for Engineering students under
" Clean Energy Engineering Program " with special emphasis on
• UAS(University of
UAS, Bangalore, Dharwad & Raichur
are engaged in various R & D activities in the State.
Indian Institute of
Science is involved in taking up research activities in 2nd generatioin
• Other Institutions
work and Studies:
In a relatively new
sector like biofuel, the importance of innovation, research and training can
never be over-emphasized. The following specific areas were identified for
research and higher studies:
- Study to identify
naturally occurring oil seed bearing tree species, quantum of seeds available
in Western Ghats and coastal Karnataka. The study should also cover other less
known local species occurring in other parts of Karnataka. Economical viability
of such seed collection, and processing such oils and further propagation.
- Field study for
identification of high yielding (Plus trees) trees, device methodology to
collect seeds for raising seedlings as well as scions for grafting from such
- Study to estimate
current seed production, extent of collection, oil extraction within state and
the extent to which seed is exported out of the state, Current uses of such
oils, extent to which these oils are being used for bio-fuel production,
potential and other impacting issues.
- Study to estimate
current Ethanol production in the state from various sources. Explore possibility
of enhancing production levels from other sources such as agricultural wastes,
grasses and municipal solid wastes.
- Study on use of
Straight vegetable oil (SVO) for decentralized power generation and other
applications essentially towards meeting different energy needs of rural areas.
- Study on the various
initiatives taken by different sates in India and document it.
- A study to get first
hand feedback on various issues related to Energy Vs. Food security, effects of
raising bio fuel plantations in large scale on environment and ecology and
other related issues.
- A study to evolve
methodologies for development of high yielding varieties of bio-fuel plants, to
reduce gestation period, to increase oil content in the seed, best package of
practices of different cultivation aspects, remedial measures to contain pest
- A study to access
current oil extraction technologies, availability of machineries, improvements
required for efficiency improvement, to identify and overcome problems
associated with blending.
- A study to examine
the entire value chain. While oil for Bio-fuel is the main product, the
de-oiled cake, which can be used as organic manure, as animal feed stock after
detoxification as well as for gasification, needs to be looked into. We also
have to fully harness the medicinal and pesticidal properties of these oils for
maximum benefit of the society.