Bolangir, July 8 (LocalWire): A scientific team in Gujarat led by an Odia scientist Dr Sanjib Kumar Karmee has now developed a machine which can produce fuels from biomass.
The plant was designed by the team at the Sardar Patel Renewable Energy Research Institute, Anand (Gujarat).
The plant has the capability to conduct pyrolysis of sawdust and agro residues to produce biofuels.
Karmee works at the Thermo-Chemical Conversation Division of the institute.
The scientific team has demonstrated that biomass can be successfully converted into biofuels using both batch and pilot-scale systems.
“The newly developed pilot system has important industrial significance since it can operate at a pace of 15 kg/hr scale. The results of these experiments are published in the Fuel journal (Elsevier),” said Dr Sanjiv Kumar Karmee further.
Pyrolysis of biomass is one of the most efficient technologies used to produce biofuels.
The process is carried out at elevated temperatures under an inert atmosphere which is maintained using either argon or nitrogen gases.
The process generates bio-oil, biochar (solid), and pyro-gas (gaseous products), explained Dr Karmee.