Universal Biofuels a subsidiary of AE Biofuels, built and operates a nameplate 50 million gallon per year biodiesel production facility on the east coast of India.
Earlier, as Panchabuta has reported, Sohail Akhtar, director in the ministry of new and renewable energy, said: “India was taking serious steps to promote alternative technologies that used bio-fuels and solar and wind energy.India also has plans to produce more bio-fuels and electric vehicles to save petrol for other vital needs.”
According to reports, the state department of science and technology is establishing a bio-diesel plant in Uttar Pradesh for extraction of jatropha oil and its conversion into bio-diesel.
The plant, funded by the department of science and technology, Government of India, will be the first government-funded bio-diesel plant in Uttar Pradesh.
Established in the Biotech Networking Facility Center, run by the state’s department of science and technology near Bakshi Ka Talab area of Lucknow, the basic aim of the plant will be to train farmers by giving them first hand-experience in bio-diesel production. The facility can also be used by farmers who do large-scale jatropha farming to extract diesel from the oil.
“The plant is not a production unit, but rather a demonstration unit, which will enable farmers to know how to extract jatropha oil and then convert it into diesel for their usage,” said BL Meena, Principal Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Uttar Pradesh.