Indian bio-refinery to be developed with help from Russian scientists

Dr. K. Ramasamy

Indian bio-refinery:  Russian and Indian scientists are to team up to develop  a bio-refinery for  the production of chemicals and fuel. The refinery will be located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu with the objective of converting the locally grown crops and wood into energy. The Russian Ministry of Science and Education and the Indian Ministry for Science and Technology will act as co-investors  for the $1.2m project which will be developed jointly by the Institute of Catalysis, the  Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), and India’s Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU). TNAU Rector Dr. K. Ramasamy said that increased concern over security of oil supply and the negative impact of fossil fuels on the environment, particularly greenhouse gas emissions, was putting  pressure on society to find renewable fuel alternatives. “India, being a tropical country, receives more than 12 hours of intense sunlight per day, which allows its nature to generate a huge amount of biomass,” he  said. “This cheap raw material can be successfully used for the production of chemical ingredients and fuel for transport vehicles, and we hope to successfully fulfil this task with the help of Russian colleagues in the near future.” ITAR-TASS