Research Progress

Today, more than ever before, the world is confronted with two monsters: both of them intricately intertwined. These are:

  • Growing reduction in fossil fuel availability, and
  • Environmental pollution and global warming occasioned by the emission of Green House Gases (GHG) as a result of fossil fuel combustion.

To help combat the challenges mentioned above, the Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering is embarking on a research to develop alternative sources of energy which must be cheap, clean, environment-friendly, sustainable and renewable.

To achieve this we are targeting the JATROPHA CURCAS seed to extract its oil and generate BIO-DIESEL from it. This plant was selected because of apart from its cultivation helping to reduce Green House Gases (GHG) in the atmosphere; its residues are also best applied as organic manure.

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Figure: Jatropha plant from cultivation to conversion into bio-fuel

 

 

The Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering proposes to adopt a multidisciplinary approach in the design of the oil extraction plant.

The team is to comprise experts and professionals in various fields of Engineering, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Agriculture and other related disciplines in the University.

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