Indian researchers look to bagasse-based methanol for tractor fuel

March 28, 2018 |

In India, researchers are looking to sugarcane bagasse to produce methanol, rather than ethanol, that could be used to power tractors. Uptake of the technology developed by the National Centre for Combustion Research and Development could reduce tractor fossil fuel imports by 15% and won’t create competition with the alcohol industry as ethanol does. Currently researchers are looking at how to convert the existing tractor fleet so they can run on methanol while the institute’s parent Indian Institute of Technology, Madras is in talks with sugar producers regarding demos and adoption.

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