Bioenergy centres working towards biofuel goals

At present in India, there are three bioenergy centers established by the department of biotechnology (DBT) to ensure that long term targets of producing cost-effective biofuels are achieved through R&D

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Multi-disciplinary research to be conducted using cutting-edge technology

"Through R&D network projects, support is being given to Biohydrogen, Biobutanol and algal bio-fuels," stated the union minister of state for science and technology, Dr Jitendra Singh recently in the parliament.

The DBT has established three Bio-energy Centers including DBT-ICT Center for Energy Biosciences, Institute of Chemical Technology, Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra; DBT-IOC Centre for Advanced Bio-energy Research, R&D Center, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Faridabad, Haryana and DBT-ICGEB Center for Advanced Bio-Energy Research, International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi.

The main objectives of the above three Bio-energy Centers are to conduct multi-disciplinary bio-energy research involving biology, chemical science and material science; develop technology for second generation bio-fuels; deploy bio-fuel technologies with existing capabilities to scale up and to perform cutting edge research using Synthetic and Systems biology approaches towards the development of novel technology for bio-fuel production.

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