Deal inked for biofuel research

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has signed a three-year, Rs. 11 crore deal with The Energy and Research Institute to set up a centre to produce “advanced biofuels and bio-commodities.”

This is the fifth such dedicated centre for bioenergy-research and development set up by the Department.

The others are located at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati; Transtech Green Power Limited, Jaipur; and the Oil and Natural Gas Energy Centre in the National Capital Region.

The bio-centre would be focussed on not only developing technology but also commercialising it, said Renu Swarup, Secretary, DBT.