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Thursday Seminar

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


Algae to biocrude: One holistic perspective

Dr Ajit Sapre
President, Renewable Energy and VP Biofuel
Reliance Industries Ltd.

The process of natural photosynthesis forms the fundamental basis for any biofuel production effort. Algae, in particular, are highly efficient converters of sunlight to energy. Advances in synthetic biology can enable increases in productivity of even highly efficient photosynthetic organisms. Coupled with the availability of different high-throughput technology platforms and innovative engineering breakthroughs, algae can potentially provide opportunities to significantly impact different facets of human life and civilization. To be commercially competitive, improvements in cultivation systems, biology, harvesting, and maximizing oil yield from biomass are still needed.
Reliance Industries has committed significant R&D resources to be a part of this exciting journey of renewable energy. This presentation will cover learnings from our algae research and will feature an amalgamation of engineering and biology.


Havener Auditorium, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, 4030 Laguna, Philippines