CSMCRI in Talks with Companies Regarding Jatropha Biodiese
(Biocommodity.com) Bhavnagar based research institute Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute(CSMCRI), is likely to initiate talks with oil companies for manufacturing jatropha-based biofuel on a commercial scale.
“We have recently been granted the US patent for our technology, and now we can share our intellectual property rights (IPR) with an interested party, who can manufacture the jatropha-based biodiesel on a larger scale,” informed P K Ghosh, director of CSMCRI which has been producing biodiesel on a small scale so far.
The institute is collaborating with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which aims to trial run millitary vehicles on biodiesel, according to Sify.com. “We have already trained DRDO personnel regarding the technology, and they can also manufacture it under our licensed process for internal consumption,” Mr Ghosh said.
…“A family of four should be able to manage around five hectares of farmland. Given that the production is around 3 tonnes of fruit per hectare and one gets around Rs 8000 per tonne for the fruit, a family could earn around Rs 24,000 a month from the field. Leaving aside the cost of irrigation, buying seeds and sundry cost, the return is roughly around Rs 5000-6000 per month per hectare.”, Mr Ghosh explained. He also added that CSMCRI is now working on developing an integrated mobile unit that will go around the villages collect the fruits, separate the shaft and seeds and also extract the oil from the seeds that will be then brought back to the factory for refining. The mobile unit would be nothing but a vehicle mounted with the machines that will process the fruit. READ MORE