8IITKGP team taps microwave radiation to create clean energy

India Today (February 27, 2018)

Kolkata: Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have tapped microwave radiation to create clean energy for large-scale use from nitrogen rich non-food Sunn Hemp plants.

The IIT Kharagpur Bioenergy Lab team was led by Prof. Saikat Chakraborty, faculty at the Department of Chemical Engineering and PK Sinha Center for Bioenergy and researcher Souvik Kumar Paul, an IIT Kharagpur statement said.

High-energy non-edible plant sources such as Sunn Hemp have the potential of making available biofuel on a large scale, as a replacement of fossil fuel.

The team successfully converted the non-edible lignocellulosic fibres (plant dry matter) of Sunn Hemp to biofuel precursors, an alternative to land-based crops for biofuels, the statement said. (Read More)