[Fwd: COMMENT Alternative Lighting: Plant Oils and Waxes]
- Dr.Vidya Swamy (biofuels@...) added the comment:
SuTRA, Sustainable Transformation of Rural Areas, Indian Institute of
Science, Bangalore, has been working with a non-edible oil from the
seeds of a tree called Honge (Pongamia pinnata) Karanj in Hindi. The
experience has been that this oil is a good substitute for diesel. There
are many such similar trees and shrubs available in India, whose
seed-oils can become potential biofuels. Scientific screening of the
various oils, in terms of performance as well as yield, has not been
systematically documented and it is now essential to do so and produce a
technically sound database. This is possible if the experiences of
various people in this field are aggregated and documented in a
scientific and systematic manner.Recently SuTRA, jointly with the
Samagra Vikas Trust (SVT), a Bangalore - based NGO, organized a seminar
for production of a policy document for biofuels, which is being readied
for presentation to the Government in a about a months time. This
seminar discussed some of the issues involved but from another point of
view, specifically for evolving a national policy for
biofuels.Objectives of this workshop will be
To identify scientific experts who are working in this field.
To call for scientific notes and observations, covering all
aspects of production of seeds for biofuel, from such identified experts.
To review / screen and consolidate the papers into a technical
document for wide circulation throughout the country.
To invite the experts who have contributed papers for a
discussion meeting to revise the draft.
To officially release the document at a meeting at Bangalore
during september 2003.
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