The District Bio Fuel Information and Demonstration Centre at Dr. TTIT is in action to promote and to bring the project forward in relation with the conduction of various Awareness and Training programs to Grama Panchayaths, School and Colleges etc., The centre is manufacturing Pongamia oil, De-oiled cake, Bio-Diesel, bio-Soap. – pure Pongamia oil is sold to the general public for lamping purpose, Cake is used as Fertilizer for agriculture, Bio-diesel is used as alternate fuel for Motor Vehicles and importantly for the college buses of Dr.TTIT is blernded with the fossil fuels, Bio-soap is used for bathing and to use as skin smoother. At present the centre is having a stock of 120 litrs of oil, 85 litrs of bio-diesel and 3500 kgs of Cake as on 15.05.2014. The District Bio-Fuel Information & Demonstration Centre was inaugurated by Dr. T. Thimmaiah, the President Emeritus of The Golden valley Educational Trust, KGF on 24.08.2012. Shri . Y.B. Ramakrishnsa, Chairman of KSBDB, Mr. Y. Sampangi, the then MLA-KGF were present on the occasion.

The term Bio-Fuel as is understood in the modern context, has two major offshoots namely, biodiesel and bio-ethanol. These are in reality ways of harvesting solar energy through the medium of plant kingdom. In fact, there are several people who feel the biodiesel route of harvesting solar energy is ideal since this involves greening of waste lands which has tremendous environmental benefits as well.
India has signed the Kyoto Protocol and to initiate in Bio- Fuel Energy sources is one on the mandate. Using of bio-fuel will increase the scope of carbon credit trading with developed countries besides curtailing the emission of carbon dioxide into atmosphere.
Blending of Bio-Fuel with fossil fuel has been endorsed by Government of India and the Bureau of Indian Standards has been approved 5% blending ethanol and gasoline. The Government of India has planned to blend 10% by 2017 and above 10% beyond 2017.
The policy Statement of Karnataka State envisage the use of only non-edible oil seeds for production of bio-diesel, so that the edible oil is left only for human consumption.
Further the cultivation of non-edible oil seeds are grown in dry lands, waste lands and degraded forest land would be used and use of agriculture land would not be encouraged. Thus Karnataka is also a leading State in R&D on the entire valve chain of Bio-fuels.

Aim of Bio Fuel I& D Centre
The main aim of the centre is to create awareness among the people about Bio Fuel, its Extraction Process and to promote green technologies.

Activities of I&D Centre :
  1. Assessing the energy requirement of a village/family
  2. Development of nurseries and plantations.
  3. Designing seed collection and storage Mechanism
  4. Demonstration of the production process.
  5. Developing publicity material.
  6. Build linkages with the Farming communities
  7. Setting up of facilities in farmer locations
  8. Market research
  9. Training of youth in cultivation/machinery repairs/troubleshooting.
  10. Training to farmers/self help groups.
  11. Involving with the local lead NGO’s and provide technical support.
  12. Creating Awareness among the Grama panchayath limits of Kolar Disrtict.
  13. Training School/College students on the extraction mechanism.
  14. Workshops are being conducted for I & D Staff members by KSCST & KSBDB .
  15. Participate in the Bio-Fuel Conferences and presenting reports at the Board meetings.
  16. Mr. T. Venkat Vardhan, the President of GVET, had sponsored nearly 1200 Pongamia pinnata saplings and were planted in the Engineering College campus, Guest house, Sri Kengal Hanumanthaiah Law college and these are well protected.

The salient features of the Bio-Fuel project:
  1. The staff and students can actively participate in Research & Project works.
  2. Potential to produce Ethanol and Bio-Diesel from non – edible oil seeds like Neem, Tamarind, Simarubha, Jatropa, Pongamia etc., the oil as source of production and to blend with the fossils fuels.
  3. Such a production of Bio-Diesel form Pongamia pinnata are blended with the fossil fuel in the transport system of Dr. TTIT, KGF.
  4. The Karnataka State Bio-Fuel Development Board (KSBDB) is providing 100% funding for the project, including the working capital.
  5. The Bio-Fuel project in the state is executed and monitored by the Karnataka State Council for Science & Technology (KSCST)
  6. After the successful completion of 3 years, the Bio-Fuel Board shall handover the unit to the host Institute to continue the activities of the project.
  7. The project can help the local community by providing information about the Bio-Fuels and its importance to all the public, Farmers, Self Help Groups, Anganavadi groups, Entreprenuers, Water shed managements, etc.,
Office Bearers
The Centre is functioning effectively under the guidance of Shri. Monappa, IAS, Managing Director, KSBDB & Mr. Dayanandha the Marketing Manager of KSBDB & Shri. Sondur, Principal Investigator, KSCST & Dr. Savitha – The project Associates from KSCST.

The Centre is headed by Dr. H. G. Shenoy, Faculty from the Department of Mechanical Engineering who is working as a Senior Scientific Officer/Coordinator
Mr. Rajan - Project Technician,
Mr. Augustine – helper
Mrs. Jyothi – helper

District Bio Fuel head
Dr. H. G. Shenoy,
[email protected]
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