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IICT offers water purifying tech to NGOs

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HYDERABAD: The Indian Institute of Chemical Technology doled out some technologies for community use at the Open Day (foundation day) here on Tuesday. Interacting with the newspersons, IICT Director JS Yadav said that they would soon be passing on the reverse Osmosis defluoridation plant and alternative chemical compositions instead of the regular pesticide, to NGOs and farmers soon.

“We have devised a defluoridation technology with a membrane that removes excess fluorine from drinking water to those who would like to set up plants to provide potable water to people. One such plant has already been set up in the fluoride- ridden Nalgonda district, which produces 600 litre of fluoride- free drinking water every hour,” Yadav said.

He has also informed that they would also be installing four such plants in Nalgonda and Prakasam to provide clean water at nominal price.

“The water is better than the packaged drinking water and would be free from bacterial and fluoride content. This would be provided at the rate of eight paise per litre and the water plants would cost around Rs 3.5 lakh,” he added.

Elaborating on alternative pesticides, the IICT scientists said that they had identified and isolated some chemicals, which would thwart the communication between insects and thereby avoid damage of crop. “After observing the communication process between insects in an area of 1,000 acre over two years, we have identified some chemicals that would stop insects from coordinating among themselves. If these chemicals are effectively used, crop damage can be avoided that too without using harmful chemicals,” a scientist said and added that they had achieved success in groundnut and sugarcane fields.

Announcing the progress of the institute, JS Yadav said: “We have published 546 research papers and filed 43 patents out of which we have secured 31 patents.The external cash flow is to the tune of Rs 22.46 crore.” He has also informed that they have ongoing collaborative and knowledge sharing projects with BHEL, Aditya Birla Group and National Institute of Material Sciences, Japan.

Source: http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=IICT+offer+purifying++knowhow&artid=QCz42TtVHMk=&SectionID=xAV59odivTs=&MainSectionID=xAV59odivTs=&SEO=&SectionName=BUzPVSKuYv7MFxnS0yZ7ng==

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Written by csirindia

August 6, 2009 at 6:41 am

Posted in IICT

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