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A car that runs on micro algae biodiesel

14 July 2011

AHMEDABAD: Researchers have claimed to have run a car on B-20 biodiesel derived from marine micro algae. Under the New Millennium India Technology Leadership project (NMITLI), a regular diesel vehicle, Tavera, under full load condition, was successfully test driven on B-20 biodiesel (20 per cent biodiesel blend) on July 10, a top official of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said on Thursday.

The  project was initiated last year jointly by CSIR and the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), along with researchers from nine institutions, including CSMCRI, IIT-Kharagpur, IICT-Hyderabad, NIOT-Chennai and NIO-Goa.

The biodiesel was prepared from mats of microalgae found growing naturally in the West coast of India by the Bhavnagar-based Central Salt Marine and Chemical Research Institute (CSMCRI).

The mileage derived from the test drive was 12.4 km, which is better than the normal average per litre of 10-11 km of the regular vehicles run on diesel, the official said…..

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/176317/a-car-runs-micro-algae.html

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Written by csirindia

July 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

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