India’s Praj, ICRISAT in biofuels research pact

17 December 2007 13:22  [Source: ICIS news]

MUMBAI (ICIS news)--Praj Industries has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with agri-based researcher International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (Icrisat) to benefit from its research output, the Indian biofuel technology firm said on Monday.

“Praj signed the MoU with Icrisat to become a member of SSERC [sweet sorghum ethanol research consortium],” a spokeswoman told ICIS news.

Icrisat promotes technology for producing biofuels through public-private partnership through SSERC.

“Sweet sorghum as an alternative feedstock [for ethanol] is good for cultivation in tropical and warm sub-tropical regions,” she said.

Despite the agreement, under which Praj would use Icrisat's research work, the Indian firm would continue carrying out separate studies on biofuels, she added.

"Icrisat would benefit from our practical experience as we implement biofuels projects, and we would benefit from their research findings," she said.

With an installed capacity of 3.2bn litre/year, India currently produces around 2.2bn litre/year of biofuels, which is expected to grow nearly 15% by 2008, she added.

By: Isha Jha
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