News: Tata Chemicals obtains technology from CSMCRI to produce biodiesel from microalgae


What's in the news?

       The Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar has licensed its technology to extract crude oil from a species of microalga to Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL), Mumbai for production of automobile fuel.


Key takeaways:

       CSMCRI is a premier research laboratory functioning under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) headed by the Prime Minister.

       The agreement with TCL is non-exclusive, meaning CSMCRI can license the technology to other entities also.

Biofuels from Microalgae:

       Biofuels derived from microalgae are gaining popularity due to their high productivity and environmental friendliness.



       Microalgae are microscopic algae rich in chlorophyll that lack lignin or cellulose and contain proteins. 

       Microalgae are mainly found in freshwater and marine systems. They are unicellular species which exist individually or in chains or groups.

       Microalgae are capable of growing rapidly because of their high photosynthesis efficiency.