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After juices, DRDO turns to bio-diesel

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) After winning appreciation for its products like juices, ready-to-eat food and mosquito repellents, India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has taken up a project to produce bio-diesel from Jatropha plants.

‘Five-six DRDO labs are working together to produce bio-diesel from Jatropha plants. The project started one year ago and has a deadline of 2012,’ DRDO scientist D. Goyary said.

‘So far, our success rate is 20 percent. This means we can mix 20 percent of bio-diesel with 80 percent of regular diesel,’ he added.

One litre of bio-diesel produced from Jatropha costs Rs.30-40. One litre of regular diesel costs Rs.32.87.

‘But then, Jatropha is a renewable source of energy,’ Goyary pointed out.

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