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Technology developed: A small sized reactor to produce biodiesel from non-edible oil (TP19762565912)
Category: Product(Hardware/Material/Software)
Details of Inventor(s):
Inventor Institution/Organization/Company Department Designation
Raj Kumar Verma Indian Institute of Techonology Roorkee Chemical Engineering Department Research scholar
Sumana Ghosh Indian Institute of Techonology Roorkee Chemical Engineering Department Assistant Professor
Prasenjit Mondal Indian Institute of Techonology Roorkee Chemical Engineering Department Professor
Technical Application Area: Energy/Power
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Present reactor is designed and tested for biodiesel production from non-edible jatropha oil which found abundantly in India. It can be cultivated in waste land. It is cultivated in large area of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Orrisa and Uttarakhand in India.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee
Affiliated Ministry: Ministry of Education
Type of technology development: Indigenous
Does the technology help in replacing any import items currently
procured from outside India?
Does the technology have export potential? Yes
Category of Technology developed: Immediate Deployment
Stage of Development: Lab-scale
Please describe in detail including the TRL Level:
In present invention, a serpentine miniature reactor is designed and tested for biodiesel production from non-edible oil in reduced time


Applications: Proposed invention is quite relevant to the researchers and working personnel, who are working in synthesis of alternate fuel and mass transfer limited reactions. Present invention is based on the exploitation of slug flow in serpentine miniature reactors. This type of reactors provides the large interfacial contact by means of internal circulation and diffusion that gives the enhanced transport rate. The biodiesel production using the miniature reactor can be commercialized because reactor operates in continuous mode with reduced time. This reactor can be used at farm side without needed any specialty and much land. Scale-up of reactor can be done by using parallel arrangement of channels for increasing the production rate. Further, any person can handle it because it does not require any special skill.
Advantages: Transesterification reaction to produce biodiesel from non-edible oil is a reversible, and governed by mass transfer limited between the phases. There are two methods to overcome this problem. One method is the use of mixing device to mix the reactant before it could have fed to reactor. Another methodology is by use of micro-channel which are having higher pressure drop and contributes to higher operating cost. In present reactor the enhanced transport rate (heat, mass, and reaction) is achieved in very less time. This reactor increases the interfacial contact of the fluids and reduces the diffusional path to initiate the reaction. Comparing to the existing reactors fabrication of present reactor is much easier.

    Technology Inputs:

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Indigenous Equipment/Spare Parts:
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Imported Raw Materials:
Raw Materials Year ITC-HS Code
Indigenous Raw Materials:
Raw Materials Year ITC-HS Code
glass capillary 2020-21
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    R&D Investment:

R&D investment (Rs. in Lakhs):                    
Indian Source (Rs.) Foreign Source (Rs.) Year
1 0 NA

   Patents & Publications:

Filed Patents (No.) Granted Patents (No.) Year
2147483647 0 2020-21
Submitted (No.) Published (No.) Year
0 1 2019-20

    Commercialization Potential:

Who are the Potential Licensees? Present invention has a potential to be an added advantage for any industries which involve in biodiesel production from non-edible oil in batch mode. Besides the existing batch unit, the present reactor can be used for the production of biodiesel in continuous mode. Also, new small scale industry for biodiesel production can be set-up by using the present reactor.
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the same problem?
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      Submitted by: Akshay Dvivedi Date of Submission: 5-8-2020

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