An agreement was signed between Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Breathe Applied Sciences, a company incubated at JNCASR for transfer of technology based on lab scale research on reducing CO2 to methanol and other useful chemicals and fuels.
The research was carried out by Prof. Sebastian C Peter and his group from New Chemistry Unit at JNCASR. The startup company Breathe was born out of the research activities of a DST Nano Mission Project and will focus to scaling up the technology to the pilot level and then commercialization.
While signing the MoU on June 5, 2020 on the occasion of world environment day Prof. G. U. Kulkarni, President, JNCASR said that the institute was happy to incubate the startup in its new campus, Chamundi. “The Breathe team over the last few years has undertaken several translational activities, participated in global competitions and have several accomplishments to its credit. I wish all success to the startup," he added.
Prof. Sebastian C. Peter, Founder Director, Breathe Applied Sciences Pvt. Ltd said that the milestone has been achieved from the initial research activities on the CO2 reduction and with the guidance and encouragement received from Prof. CNR Rao, a generous funding of JNCASR, Technical Research Centre and various schemes of the DST including Swarnajayanti Fellowship as well as funds received under Nano Mission project.
"In the pilot mode, the current capacity of CO2 conversion is 300 kg per day which can be scaled upto 500 tons in an industrial scale. It will take almost a year to reach the level of industrial production. Companies like Tata Steel, Coal India Limited are in discussion with us for a potential use of our developed technology in the near future," he added.
In the photograph: (left to right) After the signing of Memorandum of understanding between JNCASR and Breathe Applied Sciences Pvt. Ltd. – Prof. Umesh V. Waghmare, Professor, JNCASR, Prof. Sebastian C. Peter, Associate Professor, JNCASR - Founder Directors, Breathe Applied Sciences Pvt. Ltd. with Barat Ratna Prof. C. N. R. Rao (centre) Linus Pauling Research Professor, JNCASR, Mr. Joydeep Deb, Administrative Officer, JNCASR, Prof. Chandrabhas Narayana, Dean, Research and Development, JNCASR and Prof. G. U. Kulkarni, President, JNCASR
The event was attended by Bharat Ratna Prof. C. N. R. Rao, Prof. G. U. Kulkarni, President, JNCASR, Mr. Joydeep Deb, Administrative Officer, JNCASR, Founding Directors - Prof. Sebastian C. Peter and Prof. Umesh V. Waghmare and Members of Technical Research Centre, Faculty of New Chemistry Unit and other staff and officers from JNCASR.
The MOU will help in smooth translation of the research in the area of CO2 reduction to useful chemicals and fuels from the laboratory scale to pilot scale in an economical way. It will highlight the scientific contribution from a research institute translating to the industry to solve the problems associated with renewable energy and environmental pollution. It will also help in developing an indigenous technology in line with the government policy
The scientific activities which have been agreed upon as part of the MoU are development of efficient catalysts for the conversion of CO2 to methanol and other chemicals, improvisation of the process engineering to enhance the production of chemicals and fuels from anthropogenic CO2 generated from various sources including coal and natural gas power generation sectors, steel industry, cement industry and chemical industries and integrating multiple components involved in the CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and sequestration) to develop a complete solution for the environmental issues due to global warming.
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