The joint projects are expected to offer technology solutions to produce carbon neutral transportation fuel from bio-based feedstock
Praj Industries and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) have entered into memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly drive application development of advanced biofuels that will find usage in industry and transportation. Biofuels developed for the mobility sector will have a positive impact on environment due to reduced carbon footprint and improved tail pipe emissions, the company noted.
Through this collaboration, Praj and ARAI will jointly address technologies to propagate the use of biofuels in variety of applications including usage in internal combustion engines (ICE) in the transportation sector. As a leading player in the global bio economy, Praj brings to the table its expertise of over three decades in developing and deploying biofuel technology solutions through its TEMPO (Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing, Project Management, Operations) business model.
Praj Industries said that on the other hand, as an R&D major, ARAI brings its vast experience in the field of alternative fuels, green and sustainable mobility, to the association. ARAI is working closely with multiple Government industry and automotive departments for development of regulations and demonstration of technology competence in various alternate fuels spectrum like CNG, LPG, LNG, HCNG, dual fuel technology, Bio-CNG, Hydrogen, Ethanol, DME and Methanol. With complementary strengths in technology and application, Praj and ARAI will work together to test and commercialise newer fuels with improved efficiencies.
The transportation sector is the single largest consumer of imported crude oil and natural gas for petroleum products. With a growing population of vehicles across all modes of transport (surface, air and marine), it is also the third largest source of GHG emissions after power sector and industry, as per world energy statistics data. As a signatory to Paris summit to reduce GHG emissions by 30-35 %, India has to redefine its transportation fuel mix. Advanced biofuels technology applications that will be developed as a part of this association will help curtail health hazards attributable to the air pollution in transportation sector.
Biofuels are derived by processing bio-based feedstock such as agricultural residue, molasses, cane syrup, etc. As a renewable transportation fuel in gaseous as well as liquid form, Biofuels provide an energy source that complements fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels, explained Praj Industries. It added that since bio-based feedstock is a captive source, biofuels facilitate energy self-reliance while helping conserve the environment.
Dr Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries, said the projects being jointly undertaken will reinforce the company’s Bio-Mobility platform that offers technology solutions to produce carbon neutral transportation fuel from bio-based feedstock. Solutions developed under this programme will not only bolster the rural economy but also align with the goals of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, he added.
It is important how we accelerate India’s access to affordable and cleaner energy encompassing Bio economy, noted NV Marathe, Officiating Director, ARAI. He said ARAI sees great prospective here, and is delighted to join hands with Praj Industries to unlock enduring worth of sustainable mobility for India. “I am confident that this alliance will not only boost Green Economy but also line-up with objectives of being ‘Vocal for Local’ for self-sustenance,” added Marathe.