GM, CSMCRI ink deal to produce biodiesel from jatropha oil

GM, CSMCRI ink deal to produce biodiesel from jatropha oil

Vadodara: The US-based automobile major General Motors has entered into an agreement with the Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute to produce biodiesel based on jatropha oil, a top company official has said.

Under this proposal, CSMCRI will conduct a research, produce and supply jatropha oil for two years, which in the form of biodiesel will be tested on GM vehicles, General Motor India Vice-President (corporate affairs) P Balendran told PTI.

“Under this agreement, the research institute will also be utilising two acres of land at GM India’s Talegaon plant at Maharashtra for Jatropha cultivation as part of the company’s resolve to explore environment friendly operational solutions," Balendran said.

The company is also in the process of setting up phase II of the project, which involves a CSMCRI proposal to conduct experimental jatropha cultivation in small scale trial plantations in Gujarat for biodiesel application as CSR activity, he said.

The GM Powertrain Europe have put together a fleet of six cars that are being run on various admixtures of Jatropha biodiesel and regular diesel, Balendran said.

The testing will not only help reduce the import of expensive crude oil for the country but also provide employment and economic benefits to the people living in non-arable region of the country, Balendran said.