Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum, in association with, Karnataka State Bio
Fuel Development Board, Bangalore (KSBDB) has established “Bio-Fuel Information and
Demonstration Center” at “Jnana Sangama”, VTU, Belgaum on 24th December 2012.
Sri Y. B. Ramakrishna, Chairman, KSBDB inaugurated the Center on 24th December 2012
Petroleum products have become integral part of human life, but the stock of raw petroleum products are sufficient for the next 10 years. The use of renewable energy sources like bio-fuel can only solve future problems.
In India, Agriculture has been practicing since 6 thousand years, but recently our farmers are facing problems due to heavy use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and declining ground water. Our formers should be encouraged to harvest more bio-fuel plants, presently 3 lakh formers are engaged in harvesting 3 crores bio-fuel plants in India, Sri Ranakrishna added.
Ethanol-the by-product of sugarcane, can be used as the best substitute of energy. Today, Karnataka is a leading producer of Ethanol in the country. We produce about 135 million litres in a year, Sri Ramakrishna explianed.
Dr. H. Maheshappa, Vice Chancellor, VTU said that the purpose of this Information and Demonstration Centre is to provide information for the public, farmers, bio fuel cultivators, researchers and entrepreneurs in the fields of bio fuels.
VTU will undertake Research and development activities in the field of Bio-fuels and also organize workshops, seminars, exchange visits and experience sharing programmes for farmers regarding bio-fuel development at University campus as well as affiliated engineering colleges.