New Delhi: The State Government is interested in implementing a technology to produce biofuels from algae. If it is scientifically and economically feasible, the project will go ahead, said Finance Minister K.N. Balagopal said.
Mathrubhumi had yesterday reported on a project to produce biodiesel from algae in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. Vishal Prasad Gupta, an engineer who successfully implemented the project in Ranchi, had pointed out that it would be profitable even in Kerala, which has many water bodies and favorable climates. Vishal said that the Kerala government had contacted him to find out more about the project and invited him to present the topic.
Minister Balagopal said that it was considered scientifically feasible to make fuel from algae. But it remains to be seen how financially viable it will be. The problem is that biofuels are now available in many places but are more expensive. At the same time, the minister said that he was interested in the idea of generating fuel from algae.
“This is a project that needs to be looked at with hope and care,” said Dr. Krishna, a professor of science and engineering at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. P.V. Arvind pointed out. Biofuel production from algae has begun in many countries. He said he knew the project in Spain to produce bio-CNG from micro algae (a type of algae) was a success. Arvind said.
The biodiesel pump was commissioned in Ranchi last December. It sells for Rs 10 less per liter than regular diesel. It is eco-friendly and can be used as a by-product in the production of biodiesel. Atmospheric humidity, temperature, availability of sunlight and water bodies are all favorable factors for algae growth in Kerala.
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