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IndianOil makes bio-diesel breakthrough

In a major technological breakthrough that can be a game changer for advancing use of bio-diesel in the country and ensuring ready acceptance of the fuel by the automobile industry, IndianOil has successfully developed and commercialised a technology to co-process non-edible vegetable oil in the existing Diesel Hydrotreating (DHDT) units of a petroleum refinery to make Bio-diesel.

This is first time in India that Jatropha oil has been used for co-processing in a oil refinery. This method has been developed by IndianOil‘s R&D Centre at Faridabad.

During the development of this process technology, IndianOil also developed a process for de-metallisation and de-gumming of vegetable oils. De-metallation of oils is a pre-requisite for co-processing, as metals are poisonous for the catalyst in the DHDT unit. A total of 200 tonnes of Jatropha oil was supplied by CREDA Biofuels Ltd, a JV of Indian Oil and Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Authority.
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