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“CSIR’s contribution to nation’s development significant”

27 September 2015

KARAIKUDI: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continued to contribute significantly to the country’s development in the critical areas such as energy, food, water and drugs, Vijayamohan K. Pillai, Director of CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute has said.

Addressing the CSIR foundation day ceremony here on Saturday, he said there was a perception among the public that CSIR was not doing enough but the fact was that it continued to contribute significantly in these areas despite shortage of funds…

SOURCE: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/csirs-contribution-to-nations-development-significant/article7693764.ece

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September 27, 2015 at 10:17 pm

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Students may now get to learn science from scientists

19 September 2015

MADURAI: Science is an important part of our practical life, but for most students, the subject is not particularly savoury. Many of them are forced to deal with it to pass school. To take this unpleasantness out of science and get students to better appreciate its true wonder, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is planning to get scientists to directly teach the students….

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/Students-may-now-get-to-learn-science-from-scientists/articleshow/49022676.cms

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September 20, 2015 at 10:45 pm

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Focus should be on renewable energy: Kalam

06 May 2012

KARAIKUDI: Advocating the need for energy security, former president A P J Abdul Kalam today said India’s power requirement would increase to four lakh MW by 2030 and focus should be on renewable energy generation to meet the situation.

With the growing population, by 2030 the country would have a population of 1.4 billion and the energy requirement would increase from 1,99,000 MW to 4,00,000 MW, he said inaugurating the Centre for Innovation in Energy Research at the Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI) here…….

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/focus-should-berenewable-energy-kalam/5465/

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May 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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Kalam asks scientists to tap immense bio-fuel potential

07 May 2012

SIVAGANGA: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Sunday asked the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) laboratories and others to extensively research burning of bio-diesel in internal combustion engines with high efficiency.

Speaking at Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) in Karaikudi after inaugurating the Centre for Innovation in Energy Research on the CECRI campus, he said bio-fuel was an important alternative to the petroleum fuels. The country had immense potential to grow bio-fuel crop “Jatropha” on a large scale. Once it was grown, the crop could have a life span of 50 years. Moreover, it could grow on wasteland. Each acre would produce about 2 tonnes of bio-diesel at about half a dollar per litre…..

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/tamil-nadu/article3391218.ece

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May 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

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Freight 3-wheelers to soon embrace green solutions

08 December 2011

NEW DELHI: You could soon see a solar power battery assisted, pedalled freight rickshaw. Eyeing corporates eager to earn green mileage, HBL Power Systems, a Rs 1,000-crore company, has developed a solar power assisted, motor-based rickshaw to move goods in small cities.

The rickshaw — designed to carry a freight of 250 kg, at a speed of up to 24 km per hour — is priced at about Rs 90,000, and gives a mileage of 40 km on a single battery charge. The product is aimed at replacing non-motorised cycle rickshaws that have much slower speed. HBL has based its product on Soleckshaw, a solar power battery assisted, pedalled rickshaw developed by CSIR and CMERI, Durgapur……

Read more:http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/article2698739.ece?ref=wl_opinion

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December 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

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Green power may get greener with bacteria fuel cells

20 September 2011

A bucket of water and a handful of bacteria could be all that is needed to produce pure hydrogen to power the green engines of tomorrow, according to research by a team of US scientists.

A paper in Monday’s edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed journal, describes a method of constructing what are known as microbial fuel cells (MFCs). These cells are similar to regular batteries that consist of electrodes and an electrolyte, and which convert chemical energy into electricity.

……..The voltage produced by the bacteria alone is too little to produce enough oxygen. To supplement that and generate hydrogen viably, the researchers made another series of cells made up of alternating layers of fresh water, sea water and separated by membranes.

“There’s a natural electric gradient that exists between saline and fresh water. When you connect several in series, you can get sufficient electricity,” said Vijayamohanan Pillai, director, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, who works on hydrogen fuel cells and has read Logan’s research paper……

Read more: http://www.livemint.com/2011/09/19230233/Green-power-may-get-greener-wi.html?atype=tp

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September 24, 2011 at 7:29 am

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Need for moving towards greener battery technologies

11 August 2011

SIVAGANGA:Jean-Marie Tarascon, Director, ALISTORE-ERI & University of Picardi, France, on Wednesday stressed the need for moving towards greener battery technologies so as to increase the sustainability of energy storage.

Delivering Michael Faraday medal lecture 2011, jointly organised by the Michael Faraday Memorial Trust and Central Electrochemical Research Institute at CECRI in Karaikudi, he said the evolution of batteries, which began from 1800, had undergone innumerable changes. New technologies had been introduced by various scientists and scholars from time to time. It had impacted the civilization over the last 200 years in many ways. The introduction of Lithium-ion batteries was considered as a start of the revolution in battery history. The Li-ion battery technology, which relied on versatile chemistry, had also undergone many changes over the years….

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/article2345341.ece

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August 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

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Preservation technologies in RTE foods

04 October 2010

MUMBAI: “Convenience food, or tertiary processed food, is commercially prepared food designed for ease of consumption. Products designated as convenience foods are often prepared food stuffs that can be sold as hot, ready-to-eat dishes; as room temperature, shelf-stable products; or refrigerated, frozen products, or dry mixes that require minimal preparation,” according to Wikipedia.

Convenience food is ready-to-eat or ready-to-cook processed food that requires minimum preparation before eating – just cut open the packet, heat it, preferably in a microwave, and eat it. With more and more couples going out for work, rise in income levels, change in food habits and lifestyles, the demand for ready-to-eat (RTE) food is growing fast. The consumer is also happy about the convenience that these foods offer, along with competitive pricing, improved quality and trendier & attractive packaging. The Indian RTE food sector is worth Rs 250 billion and is growing fast.

…..India’s most reputed food research institutes -Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) and the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), both based in Mysore, have developed the retort process of RTE food. There are half-a-dozen Indian companies that are marketing ethnic Indian meals in retort pouches – curries, parathas, pulavs, combo meals (daal plus chawal) and so on. ITC Foods, MTR, Tasty Bite, and Kohinoor offer ready meals that are “thermo-stabilised” through the use of retort technology. Retort technology is most suitable for western cuisine – having low cooking oil and spices. But the process causes a drastic change in the taste profile of almost all ethnic Indian dishes, having high cooking oil contents and sharper spices. A few weeks in a retort pack will make food milder and leaves an unpleasant after-taste. Most ethnic Indian foods that have chunks (or pieces) are damaged in the processor during its handling (packing, transportation, storage and so on)……..

Read more: http://www.fnbnews.com/article/detnews.asp?articleid=28401&sectionid=1

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October 4, 2010 at 9:01 am

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Three-day international conference at Mangalore University

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06 November 2009

MANGALORE: Corrosion is a problem encountered by industries all over the world and tackling corrosion eats up a major part of every country’s economy, said Group President (Procurement and Projects) of Reliance Industries (Mumbai) B Narayan.

Delivering the inaugural address of the three-day international conference on “Recent advances in Industrial Electrochemical Science and Technology” (ICRAIEST-2009) organised by Mangalore University Department of Chemistry at Mangalagangothri on Thursday, he informed that United States of America spends around $ 400 billion on account of corrosion every year (3% of the economy) while India spends around $ 40 billion per annum, which itself is a big amount considering our economy. Narayan urged the academicians and researchers to make the industries aware of this problem and also to come up with the best academic solution.

Speaking on the applications of electro chemistry, he said that recent developments have helped to bring down the cost in many aspects. For example, the efficiency level, in the process of creating energy from fossil fuel, could be improved by replacing the combustion process with electro chemical process. More and more such applications are being developed for the benefit of humanity, he added.

Director of CECRI, Karaikudi, Tamilnadu, Dr V Yajnaraman, who was one of the chief guests at the function, in his address elaborated on the role of electrochemistry in generating and conserving energy. “As far as storage of energy is concerned, no innovation has surpassed the age old batteries in the last 150 plus years,” he opined and explained the advantage of fuel cells with respect to energy efficiency. Speaking about Electro Chemistry, which has just been classified as a separate branch, he said that it is the real fore runner of Nano technology…….Read complete news item…….

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November 10, 2009 at 5:55 am

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