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Ethanol from Wheat Straw: Cheaper pretreatment

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September 15, 2021

Researchers from IIT Madras have found a way to make the process of making ethanol from agro-waste cheaper. A move towards increasing farmers’ income, fulfilling fuel needs and reducing pollution from burning agricultural residues.

Hydrogen from Food Waste: Piloting the process

An estimated seven crore tonnes of food waste is thrown out by Indians every year, polluting the environment. Converting this waste into biohydrogen energy is an economic opportunity, say researchers from CSIR-IICT. Municipalities need to listen to this.

Dairy Wastewater to Power: Microbial fuel cells

Instead of polluting environment, diary wastewater can be used for electricity generation, say researchers from NIT Agarthala. Read on.

Diesel and Petrol Blend: cleaner combustion and more efficiency

To achieve reduced emissions, improved fuel efficiency and increased load carrying capacity of compression ignition engines, Devendra Deshmukh and Vasudev D Chaudhari from IIT Indore suggest blending of diesel and petrol.

Rice Mill Wastewater Cleaned by Energy Crop 

J Umamaheswari and S Shanthakumar from the Vellore Institute of Technology show that it is feasible to upscale energy crop production with wastewater from rice mills – which otherwise would pollute the environment.

Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Palmyra sprouts biochar 

S Ramaprabhu’s Alternative Energy & Nanotechnology Lab in IIT Madras reports a method to store hydrogen at room temperature. A step towards making vehicles running on hydrogen fuel.

Titanium Nanoflower Evolution: Optimising morphology for solar cells

Researchers from the Shivaji University report gaining control on the morphology of titanium dioxide nano structures. Titanium dioxide crystals resembling cauliflowers are better for application in dye sensitised solar cells, they say.

Carbon Sequestration for Coal-based Power Plants

Coal based power plants generate huge amounts of carbon dioxide. What steps can the power plants take to reach zero emission standards? Scientists from NIT Rourkela show the way.

Zinc Oxide for Dye Sensitised Solar Cells

By doping zinc oxide with other metals, Chennai scientists make dye sensitised solar cells a more feasible and less costly energy harvester.

From the Frying Pan into the Engine? Cooking up biodiesel from waste oil

Producing biodiesel from waste cooking oil leads to raw glycerol as a by-product. The environmental concerns about the by-product is a deterrent to using waste oil as a raw material for biofuel. Scientists from Gujarat now have a solution that is music to restaurant chain owners.

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