Biofuel Center (BRIDC) -> Overview
Coordinator's DeskDr. Rupesh S
Project Coordinator, Biofuel Research, Information and Demonstration Center (BRIDC),
P.E.S. College of Engineering, Mandya – 571 401
Mob: +91 7204810531
Mandya District Biofuel Research, Information & Demonstration Centre (BRIDC) was established on 20.06.2012, in association with Karnataka State Bioenergy Development Board, (KSBDB), Government of Karnataka, Bangalore. Karnataka State Bioenergy Development Boardissued a grant of about Rs. 45 lakhs to the centre with Dr. L.Prasanna Kumar, Professor and Head, Department of Geology as the first Project coordinator.
The main activities of BRIDC includes:
- Procurement of pongamia and neem seeds from the farmers.
- Extraction of oil and cake from the seeds
- Distribution of oil and organic cake to the farmers at reasonable rate
- Awareness on biofuel and demonstration of biodiesel synthesis
- Awareness on green environment, global warming and water pollution
- Guidance to UG and PG projects pertaining to biofuels
- Hands on training on biodiesel synthesis
- Biofuel plantation programmes in and around Mandya.
Objectives of Biofuel Research, Information and Demonstration Center
- Help government to design and adopt biofuel programmes.
- Implementation of programmes in line with KSBDB.
- Identification of suitable land for raising biofuelcrops.
- Raising of quality seedlings through Self Help Groups (SHGs), Village Forest Committees (VFCs).
- To promote eco-friendliness and self-sufficiency amongfarmers and public through various biofuel activities.
- Promotion of crops such as sugarcane, beet sugar, sweet sorghum, etc. as feedstock for ethanol production.
- Establishment of seed collection network & centre.
Facilities in BRIDC
- Biodiesel plants with 1 litre and 50 litre capacities
- Oil extractor
- Pongamia seed decoticator
- Flash and fire point apparatus
- Copper corrosion test
- Hot air oven
- Pongamia cake
- Soap oil
- Solid waste manure
The following products are available at the centre at a reasonable rate
- Current Status and Future Perspectives of Bioenergy, 6th April 2021
- Bioethanol a Sustainable Energy Source: Prospects and Challenges, 18th November 2021
Under bioenergy webinar series we have conducted the following webinars
- Generation of bio pesticides from Zimruba and Neem derrivatives.
- Biogas generation through co-digestion of ruminant and non-ruminant animal wastes.
- Evaluation of performance of different biodiesel blends
Already we have guidednumerous UG students’ projects on biofuels. Our ongoing projects are: