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Praj Industries and ARAI partner to drive green fuel technologies for transportation

In India, advanced biofuels and process technologies developer Praj Industries Ltd (Praj) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly drive application development of advanced biofuels that will find usage in industry and transportation. Biofuels developed for the mobility sector will have a positive impact on the environment by way of reduced carbon footprint and improved tailpipe emissions.

In India, Dr Pramod Chaudhari (left) Executive Chairman, Praj Industries Ltd (Praj) and N V Marathe, Officiating Director of Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly drive application development of advanced biofuels that will find usage in industry and transportation (photo courtesy Praj).

Through this collaboration, Praj Industries and ARAI will jointly address technologies to propagate the use of biofuels in a variety of applications including usage in internal combustion engines (ICE) in the transportation sector. As a leading player in the global bioeconomy, Praj brings to the table its expertise of over three decades in developing and deploying biofuel technology solutions through its TEMPO (technology, engineering, manufacturing, project management, operations) business model.

As a research and development (R&D) major, ARAI brings its vast experience in the field of alternative fuels, green and sustainable mobility, to the collaboration. ARAI is working closely with global water major DHI A/S, the energy vertical of National Institution for Transforming India (Niti Aayog), the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG), and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for development of regulations and demonstration of technical competence in various alternate fuels spectra like compressed natural gas (CNG) and bioCNG, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), dual fuel technology, hydrogen, ethanol, dimethyl ether (DME) and methanol.

Test and commercialise newer alternative fuels

With complementary strengths in technology and application, Praj and ARAI will work together to test and commercialise newer fuels with improved efficiencies. The transportation sector is the single largest consumer of imported crude oil and natural gas for petroleum products.

With a growing fleet of vehicles across all modes of transport, it is also the third-largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions after the power sector & industry as per world energy statistics data.

As a signatory to the Paris Agreement to reduce GHG emissions by 30-35 percent, India has to redefine its transportation fuel mix. Advanced biofuels technology applications that will be developed as a part of this association will help curtail health hazards attributable to air pollution in the transportation sector.

We are delighted to partner with ARAI, India’s premier institution, to develop application technologies to create a positive impact on environment and society. The projects we jointly undertake will reinforce our Bio-Mobility platform that offers technology solutions globally to produce carbon-neutral transportation fuel from bio-based feedstocks for all modes of mobility. Solutions developed under this program will not only bolster the rural economy but also align with the goals of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, said Dr Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries on the occasion of formalizing this alliance.

The collaboration between Praj and ARAI aims to reinforce India’s position as a technology leader in the global biofuels industry. ARAI wishes to execute mutually beneficial collaborative projects for the development of technologies, to produce customized fuels for best efficiency in terms of reduced fuel consumption and discharge emissions, under this alliance.

It is important how we accelerate India’s access to affordable and cleaner energy encompassing bioeconomy. We see great prospective here and are delighted to join hands with Praj, India’s most accomplished process engineering company in the bioeconomy, to unlock the enduring worth of sustainable mobility for India. I am confident that this alliance will not only boost Green Economy but also line-up with the objectives of being ‘Vocal for Local’ for self-sustenance, said N V Marathe, Officiating Director of ARAI.

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