Super Critical Transesterification Reactor
The Centre has also been a part of Indo-Spanish Collaborative Research Project “Application of supercritical technology for the synthesis of biodiesel from non-edible oils (Jatropha curcas and Pongamia pinnata) using heterogeneous catalysts” with the University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain. The faculty and the students from the Centre and the University of Murcia visited partnering institution and a supercritical transesterification reactor was developed to accelerate the production process of biodiesel of non-edible origin.
Development of Ultra-Shear Reactor
The Centre also worked with Kreido Biofuels, California, USA to develop indigenous ultra-shear biofuel production technology which would substantially reduce the reaction time.
Biodiesel Specific Engine
Yanmar Co. Ltd., Osaka, Japan, funded project Performance & Endurance Tests on a Yanmar 10 KW diesel Generator set fuelled with neat biodiesel (B100)” successfully completed at the Centre. During this project, a Yanmar 10 kW diesel engine was run for 6,500 hours on neat jatropha biodiesel to evaluate the suitability of B100 application in a diesel engine. The project was very unique and the Yanmar Co. Ltd. provided the engine and whole instrumentation for the exhaustive trial. The trial data were transferred to R&D Centre of Yanmar Co. Ltd. at Osaka online.
The Centre carried out exhaustive performance, emission and tribological studies on a Marui Zen diesel car which was provided by Maruti Udyog Limited. A 20,000 km trail was completed during 2004-07 with B20 and the results were very encouraging. Biodiesel Vehicle of the institution was flagged off by Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Former Chief Minister of Delhi on November 1, 2004.
PEM Fuel Cell
The students developed an indigenous PEM fuel cell and further refinement is in progress. The fuel cell developed was very innovative and resulted in ASME and SAE publication.
Conversion of Waste Plastic into Liquid Fuel
The Centre is also developing technology to convert waste plastic into liquid fuel for use in a variety of engines. The students have developed a lab scale reactor and now working on its commercialization.