Prime Minister inaugurated the World Biofuel programme on August 10. Responding to the need of the hour and aligning with the government’s
mission, BIOD Energy has announced the commissioning of its biodiesel manufacturing facility in Haryana.Shiva Vig, CEO, BIOD Energy (India) Pvt Ltd. said, “BIOD Energy will be commissioning its first plant in Bawal, Haryana, which will have the capacity of 100 tonnes per day to process used cooking oil and other multi-feedstock to produce biodiesel. The state-of-the-art plant will be commissioned in November 2018.”
Being one of the largest consumers of vegetable oil, India has the potential to recover 220 crore litre of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) for the production of biodiesel by the year 2022 through coordinated action. Recognising the need, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has launched RUCO – Repurpose Used Cooking Oil, an ecosystem that will enable the collection and conversion of used cooking oil to biodiesel.
Speaking on the RUCO initiative, Vig said, “India’s biofuel market has a huge potential. RUCO will help organize the UCO market in India. If collected and processed properly, the used cooking oil will play a vital role in defining India’s energy security in the future. Also, RUCO will go a long way in ensuring clean, green and healthy India.”
Lauding the government’s biofuel policy, Shiva stated that, “I am happy that the government will be focusing on laying down stringent norms for avoiding the entry of UCO in food stream and in the process, it will develop a suitable mechanism to augment the production of biodiesel in India.” He added, “If collected and processed properly, UCO has immense potential; it will play a vital role in India’s energy security, promoting green fuel use in the country.”
Currently, diesel alone meets an estimated 72% of transportation fuel demand followed by petrol at 23% and the rest of the need gap is fulfilled by other fuels such as CNG, LPG etc. “The overall blending percentage of biodiesel in diesel has been less than 0.5 percent in the country due to constraints pertaining to feedstock availability. With appropriate UCO collection and processing, we will be able to scale up the biodiesel production,” Shiva said.