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ABE Seminar-Dr. M Muthamil Selvan, "Biodiesel in India: Problems and Prospects"

November 14 @ 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - ABE 301

Agricultural and Biological Engineering Seminar

Biodiesel in India: Problems and Prospects by M. Muthamil Selvan, Ph.D.  Senior Scientist Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) Coimbatore, India

(Seminar refreshments provided)

Abstract

The first part of this presentation will give a brief introduction on the Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, the prime government research centre of India in the field of farm mechanization, agricultural energy and power focusing on fundamental and applied research. The mission of the institute is making Indian agriculture profitable, sustainable and globally competitive enterprise through engineering interventions in farm mechanization, agro processing and value addition, irrigation and drainage, and energy management for production and post-harvest activities.

 

The thematic seminar describes the status, scope, and constraints of biodiesel production and utilization for agricultural machinery in India. The presentation also highlights the promotion of jatropha as biodiesel feedstock for biodiesel applications. Finally, the research gaps in this sector, possibilities of research collaboration with Purdue will be briefly discussed.

Short Bio:

Dr. Muthamil Selvan, Senior Scientist at the Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering obtained his Ph.D. degree from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India in 2002. He has over 8 years experience in the field of Farm Power and Machinery, conducted over 10 R&D projects, and developed more than 10 technologies in the areas of crop production machinery, ergonomics, and biodiesel application to tractors. He has been involved with over 20 peer-reviewed publications in his field, conference presentations and extension papers, co-authored number of research bulletins and applied for two patents. Presently he is a visiting scholar at Purdue under National Agricultural Innovation Program (A World Bank funded Research Program) and working collaboratively with Dr. Klein E Ileleji in ABE on biomass feedstock preparation technologies. 

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