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List of top centers involved in biofuel research in India

1. International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi
Synthetic biology and biofuel group 
ICGEB is an International organization dedicated to advanced research and training in molecular biology and biotechnology
Focus area 
Discovery and design of novel enzymes and enzyme systems for biofuelsEngineering bacteria to produce biofules
Group leader:  Dr. Syed Shams Yazdani
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2. DBT-ICT-Centre of Energy Biosciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra
At Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
A collaborative endeavor  of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and Institute of Chemical Technology, a deemed University
Focus area
Development of biotechnologies for deriving energy from renewable resources
Professor Arvind M. Lali

3. DBT- ICGEB, Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy Research, New Delhi
At International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Delhi 
A collaborative endeavor  of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and  ICGEB
Focus area
Strengthening the existing capacity in Synthetic Biology and to promote the cutting edge researchThe major research theme
Genomic and metagenomic approaches for identifying novel cellulolytic enzymes
Engineering microbes for direct conversion of biomass into biofuel
Engineering microbe for production of higher value advance biofuel molecules- Butanol & Hydrocarbon
Engineering algae for higher lipid and biomass yield
Coordinator Dr. Syed Shams Yazdani

4. DBT-IOC Center for Advanced Bioenergy Research, Faridabad, Haryana
At  Indian Oil R&D Centre, Faridabad, Haryana
A collaborative endeavor  of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and Indian Oil Corporation
Focus Area
Lignocellulosic based bio-fuels
Development of new and economical pre-treatment process
Feedstock selection/development and characterization
Process optimization for saccharification/ Fermentation and scale up
Bio-assisted / Chemical lignin de-polymerization and Lignin value addition
Algal research  Scale-up studies on algal cultivation and harvesting
Gas Fermentation Syngas fermentation for biofuels

5. Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy (SSS-NIRE), Kapurthala, Punjab
Autonomous institute under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. of India
Focus Area
Development of state-of-the-art R&D covering the entire spectrum of bioenergy leading to commercialization
R&D in the area of biomass and energy, thermochemical conversion, biochemical conversion, chemical conversion, electrochemical processes including hybrid energy systems.
Human resource development at all levels in the field of bio energy

6. CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar, Gujrat
It is a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Discipline of Marine Biotechnology and Ecology

7. Center for Alternate Energy Research, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
CAER is a R&D institution recognized by Department Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India
Focus Area
Includes bio-fuels, bio-energy, solar, wind energy, hydrogen & fuel cell and new technology.

8. Biofuels Division of CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP)
Located in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, Biofuel Division is dedicated to developing technology for biofuel development. The Division is actively involved in working on fundamental and applied aspects related to it.

9. P.K. Sinha Centre for BioEnergy, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal
Established in 2009, the center aims to work in the area of Bioethanol, biobutanol, biohydrogen, MFC and algal biodiesel.

10. CSIRIndian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
CSIR-IICT is working on a National mission mode project sanctioned by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to develop waste to commercially viable hydrogen conversion technology.

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  1. Sir/Mam,
    I’m Biotechnology student recently in 7th semester wants to pursue my career in biofuel Research . I did my minor project on Biofuels from Microalgae and also our review paper is accepted . Right now I’m doing my major project on Bacterial cellulose production (application in biofuel) . Please inform me if I could get any project in the related field .


    1. Dear Shipra,

      My name is Arun kumar and currently pursuing As part of final project submission, I suppose to work on preparation of Biofuel from algae. I have seen your email and noticed that you have already worked on the same as part of your project work. Please share your contact details. Also please guide me to complete this. It is much appreciated if you could share the details about any institute where they can guide me to achieve this.

      1. Hi Anil,

        I am an entrepreneur from Kolkata, currently in Delhi, shares vision of bio-fuel as future fuel. We are a team of great people with vast experience in different sectors. We are currently doing market research and need help with more knowledge and technological support etc.
        If you can help us with your ideas which should be beneficial mutually, that will be great. If you are interested, we can set up an appointment through skype or google duo.

        My contact numbers: 9163980845 or 9088828885.


    2. Shipra,
      This is Dr.Suhasini Bhatnagar from an Institute in NOIDA called IBRI. I read your requirement for a major project on Biofuels and accidentally am looking for somebody to do so.So may be you can get in touch and understand if at all you areintrested still.
      Dr.Suhasini Bhatnagar

      1. Thank you, Ma’am, for the opportunity.This is my field of interest and I want to pursue my studies in this area please kindly help me.

      2. Thank you, ma’am, please kindly help me.

  2. Please kindly help me

  3. Sir/mam
    I am a student of biotechnology I have a strong interest in field of bio fule technology please suggest labs for my internship in that field . I am from bastar University , chhattishgar.

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