5th International Biofuels Conference



Date and Time: 7-8 February 2008
Location: Napoleon Hall, Hotel Le Meridien, Janpath, New Delhi


  DAY ONE - Thursday, February 7, 2008
08:30-09:30 Registration
09:30-09:50 Inaugural Session

Welcome Note

Dr Kinsuk Mitra, President, Winrock International India


Inaugural Address

Shri Chandra Shekkar Sahu, Hon`ble Minister of State for Rural Devlopment, Gov. of India


SESSION I: Policy Perspectives on Biofuels


Address and Chair

Dr Ashok Khosla, Chairperson, Development Alternatives


Competence platform on energy crop and agro forestry systems for arid and semi arid eco system- Africa (COMPETE) - An European Commission initiative
Dr Rainer Janssen, Wirtschaft und Infrastruktur GmbH & Co Planungs-KG (WIP), Germany


Long-term National Program for Biofuels Promotion in Poland
Dr Miloslaw Kozak, Poznan University of Technology, Polish Technology Platform for Biofuels


Biofuels Production and Its Use in Brazil: The Long Experience
with Ethanol and The New Biodiesel Program
Prof Arnaldo Walter, State University of Campinas – Unicamp, Campinas – Brazil


Presentation on Biofuels Overview in Africa

Prof Francis Yamba, Zambia

  Overview of Biofuels in India
Mr R. K. Dua, Technical Advisor, Petroleum Conservation Research Association
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

Questions, Answers and Discussion

11:10-11:40 Tea break


SESSION II: Biofuels for Accelerating Rural Development



Dr S. A. Patil, Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute

  Sweet Sorghum: A dryland-adapted bioethanol feedstock yielding both grain and fuel
Dr A. Ashok Kumar, Int. Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru
  Biofuel and Rural Development
Dr Anant P. Saxena, Chief Operating Officer, IKF Technologies Ltd., New Delhi
  On-Farm Research Experiences of CRIDA on Biofuel Plantations
Mr G. R. Rao et al, Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad
  Remote Village Electrification through the Biofuel Route:
Winrock International India’s Experience

Mr Prodyut Mukherjee, Program Officer, Winrock International India, New Delhi
  Microalgae Route to Biodiesel: Prospects, Potential and Process Design
Dr Vijayanand S. Moholkar, Indian Institute of Technology (Guwahati)
  Straight Vegetable Oils (SVO) for Engines: Challenges and the Possibilities
Dr G. K. Sharma, The international Centre for Automotive Technology (iCAT), Manesar, Haryana
  ICEF Renewable Energy Projects - Some Learnings
D. Satyanarayana, ICEF, New Dehli
  Questions, Answers and Discussion
13:30-14:20 Lunch break


SESSION III: Voices from the States: Strategies and Implementation Mechanism


Mr R. S. Goyal, Principal Secretary, Rain Shadow Area Development
Ministry of Rural Development, Gov. of Andhra Pradesh

  Biofuels Initiatives in Chhattisgarh
Mr. S. K. Shukla, Executive Director, Chhattisgarh Biofuel Development Authority, Raipur
  Biofuels: Present status and potential in Rajasthan
Dr P. C. Chaplot, Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator (Jatropha Projects)
Directorate of Extension Education, MPUAT, Udaipur
  Biofuels Initiatives in Uttarakhand
Dr S. D. Singh, Vice President, Uttaranchal Biofuel Board

Biofuel policy for Karnataka - A proposal
Professor Balakrishna Gowda, Karnataka State Agriculture Department

  Questions, Answers and Discussion
15:25-15:45 Tea break


SESSION IV: Recent Advances in Production Techniques


Shri V. Subramanian, Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Gov. of India

  Theme Paper: Value Added Byproducts from Seedcake
Dr R. B. N. Prasad, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
  Centia™ – An Innovative Technology
for Converting any Renewable Oil into High-Value Fuels

Dr William Roberts, Professor and Director, Department of Mechanical & Aero Engineering
NC State University, Raleigh, New Carolina, US
  Investigation on Short Bioenergy Chains Based on the Direct Use of Pure Vegetable Oil
Dr V. K. Sharma, Senior Scientist, Solar Test Laboratory and Biomass Section
ENEA Research Centre Trisaia, Italy
  Technology for Biodiesel Production - Status Today
Dr D. K. Tuli, Indian Oil Technologies, Faridabad
  Biochemical conversion of Rice Straw into Bioethanol- An Exploratory Investigation
Dr K. Subramanian, Professor, Department of Biotechnology
Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam
  Questions, Answers and Discussion
  DAY TWO - Friday, February 8, 2008
09:30-11:20 SESSION V: Sustainability Issues and Nexgen Biofuels


Dr Laxman Prasad, Advisor and Head, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research
Ministry of Science & Technology, Gov. of India

  Sustainable Assessment of Biofuels in practice
Dr Rocio Diaz and Dr Jeremy Woods, Imperial College, London
  Importance of Microbial Sources in the Production of Biodiesel
Mr B. V. S. Rao, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
  A Perspective on Development of Cellulosic Ethanol
Dr Ashish Rana, Senior Economist, Energy Research Group, Reliance Industries Ltd., Navi Mumbai
  Biodiesel Taxation Policies Worldwide
Mr Suchit Singh, Department of Economics, Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur); Mr. Mrityunjay K. Shukla, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, Mr. Sudhir Singhal, Former Director, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun
  Importance of Cellulases in Bioethanol from Biomass: A Review
Mr Nitin Verma, Department of Paper Technology, Indian Institute of Technology
Roorkee, Saharanpur campus, Saharanpur, India
  Modular Biodiesel Refinery - Quality and cost effectiveness
Mr Ian Stokes, Business Development Director D1 Oils Refining and Trading
  Life Cycle Assessment of Jatropha-based Rural Electrification
Mr Simon Gmündner, EMPA, Switzerland
  Questions, Answers and Discussion
11:20-11:40 Tea break


SESSION VI: Biofuels Applications for the Transport Sector
  Theme Paper: Biofuels as Future Fuel for Automotive Vehicles
An OEM's Viewpoint of Requirements & Issues

Dr Mathew Abraham, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)
  Bio-Ethers as Transportation Fuel: A Review
Mr Mritunjay Kumar Shukla et al, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun
  Performance Analysis of Biodiesel on Single Cylinder C.I. Engine
Mr S. J. Deshmukh; Asst. Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
PRMIT&R, Badnera, Amravati
  Performance Evaluation of a Low Heat Rejection Diesel Engine
with Different Degrees of Insulation with Alternate Fuels

Dr M. V. S. Murali Krishna et al, Mechanical Engineering Department, Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Gandipet, Hyderabad
  Emission and Performance Characteristics of a Single Cylinder C.I Engine Operating on Esterified Rice Bran Vegetable Oil and Diesel Fuel
Mr K. Thirupathi Reddy et al, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, R.G.M College of Engineering & Technology, Kurnool
13:10-14:00 Lunch break


SESSION VII: Panel Discussion on National Roadmap for Biofuels Sector
15:30-16:30 Summing Up