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Indian army going algae green

March 16, 2016
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The Indian army is considering the use of biofuels from microalgae for its battle tanks. Photo: snafu-solomon.blogspot.com

The Indian army is considering the use of biofuels from microalgae for its battle tanks. Photo: snafu-solomon.blogspot.com

SV Krishna Chaitanya writes for the New Indian Express that a scientist from Chennai, the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in South India, is playing a key role in what is seen as a major step towards the use of renewable energy in the country.

Dr. S. Elumalai, head of the Department of Biotechnology, University of Madras, said to the Express that the Indian Army was going green and is aiming to reduce its dependency on conventional fossil fuels.

Defense Institute of Bio-energy Research (DIBER) in Haldwani, in Uttarakhand, along with eight other defense research laboratories, are carrying out extensive research on different microalgae systems to extract bio-fuels, in a three-year project with the Indian Army, the world’s second largest standing army. There is also a field research station located in Pithrogarh, at an altitude of 12,000 feet in the eastern Himalayan region of Uttarakhand, where the research is going on.

Dr. Elumalai said that algal biomass is one of the emerging sources of sustainable energy, and for the Indian Army it is seen as a strategic product. The army can cultivate algal biomass in camps and produce biofuel to be used in military vehicles. (By using bio-fuels) the army can extend operations during war-time.

“We have surveyed and cataloged different species of highly-tolerant microalgae in the eastern Himalayan region up to Dharchula Pass, using molecular methods. They thrive in extreme conditions like cold, heat, stress and salinity.

“Our studies have shown that some species of microalgae are producing 57 per cent or more of their dry weight (biomass) in the form of oil. Some algae, like Botryococcus braunii, produce 67 per cent oil, and this particular alga also serves to recycle wastewater as well as bio-fuel production,” he said.

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