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Int’l meet on renewable energy begins
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Dec 5 - An ‘International Conference on Renewable and Alternate Energy’ (ICRAE-2018), the first such conference organised by the Assam Science and Technology University (ASTU), got under way at the NEDFi Convention Centre today.

The inaugural session of the conference was attended by Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, as the chief guest. He expressed concern over the present impending energy crisis of the world and mentioned how the renewable and alternative sources of energy are becoming inevitable for sustainable development.

BJ Phukan, Director (Technical) of the Numaligarh Refinery Limited, in his address as the guest of honour spoke on a joint venture company ‘Assam Bio-Refinery Pvt Ltd (ABRPL)’, which was incorporated in June 2018 with equity participation of 50 per cent by NRL, 28 per cent by M/s Fortum 3BV, the Netherlands, and 22 per cent by M/s Chempolis Oy, Finland.

“The initiative is a pioneering effort, which will use a new technology for conversion of ligno-cellulosic bio-mass to ethanol for the first time in the country on a commercial scale. The plant shall have capacity to process 300 TMT of bamboo (bone dry) and produce 49 TMT of ethanol together with associated platform chemicals,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Dhiraj Bora, Vice Chancellor, ASTU, delivered the welcome address and spoke about the potentials of different alternative energy sources such as solar, bio, wind, hydro, nuclear, etc., for sustainable development.

The conference aims to disseminate and network on renewable and alternative energy research with special emphasis on the subjects with emerging research interests such as bio-fuel, bio-energy, fuel technologies, waste-to-energy conversions, climate change, etc.

The three-day conference will see presentation of papers and over a hundred research articles on renewable energy by scientists, faculty members and young researchers from across the country and abroad.

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