India’s RLS to ramp-up biodiesel production

Indian biotech research company Reliance Life Sciences (RLS) has announced plans to increase biodiesel production by setting up crushing and extraction facilities for producing over 100,000 tonnes of biofuels a year.

RLS currently produces 6,500 tonnes a year of biodiesel from non-edible crops at a pilot project at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, India.

RLS plans to work with over 50,000 farmers in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

It is currently carrying out a similar plan to feed its pilot
plant at Kakinada.

The company had tested inter-cropping of non-edible fuel crops such as jatropha and pongamia with food crops like corn.

Adjacent to RLS’ Kakinada facility, Naturol Bioenergy set up an integrated oleochemical complex last year to process biodiesel and allied products with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes a year, one of the largest such in the world.

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