Research Papers

A method of wet algal lipid recovery for biofuel production

Patel Swati, Kannan Dheeban Chakravarthi

Drying of algae is resource-intensive (land, energy) for biofuel production. A method to recover lipids from wet algae has been developed at lab scale. The method is based on introduction of polar solvent first into wet algae to replace the water inside the cells, followed by gradual introduction of non-polar solvent to replace the polar solvent and thus extract lipids.

Impact of Clean Energy Interventions on Development in India: A Techno-Economic Analysis

Goswami Anandajit, Kedia Shailly, Chaudhury Saswata, Kumar Atul
| 2021

As a response to repercussions to COVID-19, India's government announced ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ or a ‘self-reliant’ India, which is to the tune of INR 20 trillion or 10 percent of the country’s GDP. The package has five pillars: economy, infrastructure, system, vibrant demography, and demand. Energy is central to all the five pillars of India’s recovery package. Thus, a more detailed scenario based analysis of the energy systems in India and the macro-economic implications is required. Two sets of models are considered for this analysis.

Baseline investigation for environmental project- A scientific approach

Bamal Apoorva , Thakur Amit Kumar, Tripathi Shailendra Kumar
| 2021

Environmental sustainability is achieved through well versed research and analysis of the current and potential future issues under the defined sustainable development goals (SDGs). In this context, it is essential to establish a strategic formulation and implementation of activities/ projects that lead to sustainable development. An important segment to achieve this is availability of precise information regarding respective sectors, post which projects are formulated under CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

A critical review of literature on the nexus between central grid and off-grid solutions for expanding access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Bhattacharyya S C, Palit Debajit
| 2021

This paper critically examines the literature on the grid-offgrid debate and discusses the role of and the relationship between different electricity access options through a synthesis and critical reflection. This paper finds that models using greater resolution and capturing low voltage distribution infrastructure appear to recommend decentralised electricity solutions, whereas central grid extension emerges as the preferred outcome of more aggregated analysis, concentrated population clusters and for higher demand scenarios.

‘Lactobacillus sp. strain TERI-D3’, as microbial cell factory for fermentative production of lactic acid’.

Verma Dipti, Subudhi Sanjukta
| 2021

This study reports for lactic acid production from different carbohydrates; monosaccharide (glucose, galactose, lactose) & disaccharides (sucrose) and from lignocellulose biomass (rice straw) by a novel strain ‘Lactobacillus sp. strain TERI-D3’. ‘TERI-D3’ strain produced 19.9, 19.4, 18.1 and 15.8 g/L of lactic acid from glucose, sucrose, lactose and galactose, respectively. Maximum lactic acid yield efficiency (0.97 g/g) was observed with glucose (>95% of the theoretical maximum yield). Lactic acid titer from glucose was 0.41 g/L.

Stakeholders and Corporate Social Responsibility: Are They Interlinked and Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thakur Amit Kumar, Datta Manipadma
| 2020

Freeman chose the word Stakeholder on the basis of the traditional term which takes only a look at the economic point of view, where the stakeholders are defined as “any group of individual who is affected by or can affect the achievement of organization’s objectives” (Freeman 1984). The paper provides detailed understanding of stakeholders, analysis of various models on stakeholders, stakeholders of CSR and its analysis, linkages between different stakeholders and its contribution to the SDG’s.

Development and Demonstration of Membrane to Control Potential Pathogen (Legionella sp.) Associated With Cooling Towers

Sharma Neha, Lavania Meeta, Lal Banwari
| 2020

The presence of pathogens in industrial cooling towers has been identified as one of the causes of legionellosis, but the tangible hazard has been unrecognized. The major function of a cooling tower in the industries is to transfer heat into the environment through evaporation which leads to an unusual increment in the conductivity of water. Conductivity indicates dissolved solids of water which further facilitate the occurrence of corrosion within the cooling tower systems that may hamper the overall functioning of the cooling tower.

Identification and probiotic potential of lactic acid bacteria from camel milk

Sharma Anjali, Lavania Meeta, Singh Raghvendar, Lal Banwari
| 2020

In the present study, a total of 80 presumed lactic acid bacteria (LAB) were isolated from camel milk. Selected LAB were identified as Lactococcus lactis (cam 12), Enterococcus lactis (cam 14) and

Blue economy meets international political economy: The emerging picture.

Kedia Shailly, Gautam Priyanka
| 2020

Blue economy like green economy tries to bring to forefront the role of economic players, both state and non-state market actors, thus making it important to examine the issue from the lens of international political economy. This article defines blue economy as economic practices that seek to achieve conservation, inclusive development and sustainable use of oceans and seas as commons through poly-centric, multi-level and multi-actor interventions.

Addressing Air Quality Spurts due to Crop Stubble Burning during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Policy Brief

Pandey Rita, Kedia Shailly , Malhotra Anuja
| 2020

World over the headlines are centered on COVID-19. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and various governments across the world see this pandemic sticking around for longer than everyone would hope for. Not a happy situation to be in (given the serious fallouts of the nature of COVID-19 management strategies on economies, employment, livelihood, health, and wellbeing of people). Yet, it demands that all stakeholders-governments, UN organisations, industry, people, civil society-to shift their strategy from reactive to proactive.