Then and Now: 120 Bioeconomy Pioneers look at yesterday, today, inspirations and challenges

July 27, 2017 |

Prakash Bhoi

Then: On July 27, 2007, I was working as a Senior Power Plant Design Engineer at L&T Sargent and Lundy Limited in India. I was working on detailed engineering of 370 MW Amman East Power Project. This Project received multiple awards including “2013 Top Gas Plant” by “Power” magazine and British Safety Award.

Now: In July 2017, I am working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC) at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA. I worked on a scale-up of OSU’s downdraft gasifier system for mobile power generation. Starting August 1st, I will be joining as an Assistant Professor at Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.

Inspirations: The advanced bioeconomy offers significant environmental advantages which motivates me to work on novel research projects of bioeconomy. The most satisfying feeling is that the research that I am doing now will be helpful to the future generations.

Challenges: One of the critical challenges of the advanced bioeconomy is to develop cost-competitive and sustainable technologies for producing biopower, biofuels, chemicals and bioproducts.

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