Mycorrhizae-based biofertilizers: a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers
Mycorrhiza is a biofertilizer that helps in promotion of plant growth in an environment friendly manner as well as providing several other benefits to cultivation of plants. TERI's In Vitro Mass Production Technology offers the commercial production of viable, healthy, genetically pure and high quality mycorrhiza without contamination in sterile environment using very less space. Competitively priced product formulations of tablets, granules and powder forms have been developed for end users.
Bollcure: Biopesticide based on plant extract
TERI has developed a unique plant-extract based biopesticide with an aim to enhance agricultural productivity in an environment friendly manner. The biopesticide named as ‘Bollcure’ has been extensively tested by ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) and agricultural universities and has been found to be very effective against cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera), a common larvae that very seriously affects cotton crops. In addition it has also been effective against a variety of pests like thrips, jassids etc.
High-quality planting material produced through micropropagation
TERI's micropropagation centre for mass propagation of cash crops and forest species supplies superior-quality tissue-cultured plants individual and government bodies, such as forest departments. The centre also conducts contractual research and production of plants, inoculates tissue-cultured plantlets with efficient mycorrhizae biofertilizers; offers post-delivery field care; and even helps entrepreneurs set up laboratories, greenhouses, and so on. The centre has state-of-the-art infrastructure ranging from modern laboratories and latest equipment, to greenhouses and polyhouses. Over 70 micropropagation protocols are available at the centre.
Biomass Gasifier for heat and power generation applications
TERI Biomass Gasifiers (downdraft mode) feature a throat-less patented design with multi-fuel capability. These are customizable for heat and power generation in rural, commercial and industrial applications.
Smokeless, clean combustion cookstoves
The clean combustion cookstove boasts of reduction in emissions while being 15-20% more effective than conventional stoves. This cookstove is also highly customizable for local rural needs and is user friendly and affordable. It has a thermal capacity of 2 kWth and can use wood pieces and briquettes as fuel. It has been extensively distributed as part of TERI's social transformation programme in various villages for community cooking purposes.
Oilzapper: Microbes to treat oil contaminated soil and sludge
The Oilzapper is essentially a consortium of different bacterial strains that are immobilized and mixed with a carrier material. Oilzapper enables bioremediation of oil contaminated soil and sludge by feeding on hydrocarbon compounds present in crude oil and oily sludge, thereby converting them into harmless carbon dioxide and water.
TEAM – for turning organic waste into energy
TERI's Enhanced Acidification and Methanation (TEAM) system converts organic waste into biogas. It has a shorter waste processing time in comparison to other biogas plants. The system is customizable for use in different climatic conditions.
Ceramic membranes for treating industrial waste
TERI has successfully demonstrated the use of ceramic membrane filters in submerged membrane bioreactors (MBRs) for sewage treatment. These filters are made from fly ash and are considerably cheaper than commercially available membranes. This is a decentralized system that allows for industrial wastewater to be treated for re-use on site, thus resulting in water use efficiency.