Biodiesel Project Coming Up In AP.
OUR CORPORATE BUREAU
Hyderabad, May 6
In order to give fillip to its proposed
biodiesel project, Southern Online Biotechnologies Ltd has roped
in scientists from leading research institutes like IIT, Delhi,
Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, Indian Institute of
Science, Bangalore, to act as honorary advisors for the country's
first biodiesel project in Andhra Pradesh.
As part of the advisory committee, the
scientists who have evinced interest in the project include:
Dr AK Bhatnagar, Petrotech chair professor in the department
of chemical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology
(lIT, Delhi), Prof LM Das, lIT, Delhi and consultant for General
Motors, Prof Udipi Srinivasa, IISc, Bangalore, Dr TNB Kaimal
from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and Mr Sudhir
Singhal, director of Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun.
"'The scientists will be the honorary
advisors for the Rs 14.8crore biodiesel project to come up inAndhra
Pradesh with the technology being sourced from Lurgi, Germany,"
Mr N Satish Kumar, director of the company said. However, the
research institutes are not directly involved with the project.
The technology involves extraction of
biodiesel from non-edible seed oils like Pongamia or Jatropha
seeds or vegetable fats by esterification and transesterification
using methanol or ethanol and chemical catalysts, he said.
The project, expected to be initiated
this year, has already obtained the import and export code from
the joint director general of foreign trade along with clearances
from the industries department. The total capacity of the plant
through extraction is estimated about 30 tonnes per day.