The start-up was based by Prof Sebastian C Peter, college, JNCASR, with the assist from Rakshith Belur (AirBus) and Prof Umesh V Waghmare (JNCASR).
BENGALURU: The Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research’s (JNCASR) novel Carbon-di-oxide (CO2) discount know-how, which has the capability of changing 300 kg of CO2 per day into methanol and different helpful chemical substances, has now been recognised by the Centre.
As reported by TOI earlier, the JNCASR had tied up with an incubation agency, Breathe Applied Sciences, to scale up the know-how.
Now, Breathe Applied Sciences has received the National Award 2021 from the Technology Development Board (TDB) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) for growth of promising new know-how with potential for commercialisation.
The award carries a money prize of Rs 15 lakh. “Breathe has translated basic analysis in catalytic chemistry to recycle anthropogenic carbon within the type CO2, right into a technological resolution to deal with the grand problem, the worldwide drawback of local weather change and vitality,” the agency instructed TOI.
Breathe is a know-how start-up established in 2016 and incubated by the JNCASR with a aim of business resolution for conversion of anthropogenic CO2 to chemical substances and fuels.
Prof Sebastian C Peter, college, JNCASR, based it with the assist from Rakshith Belur (AirBus) and Prof Umesh V Waghmare (JNCASR) to translate the basic analysis in his laboratory to the pilot plant.
Sebastian says the know-how is taken into account as a ‘one-stone-two-birds’ strategy. It controls environmental air pollution by decreasing CO2 and converts it to helpful chemical substances or a gasoline, like methanol, which can be utilized in a number of industries and industrial sectors. Methanol might be readily used to mix with fossil fuels in cars, and in gasoline cells to generate electrical energy. It has an enormous demand globally.
Currently, India imports nearly 90% methanol from Iran and China, and its demand is anticipated to develop quickly within the close to future.
“Breathe is the only start-up in the country to have translated laboratory-scale CO2 conversion to methanol effectively to the pilot scale. Central to this process is the efficient, cyclable and cost-effective catalyst developed by Prof Peter and his team. Breathe has scaled up its synthesis from milligram to kilogram in a single-batch process, which is absolutely a crucial step and at the core of commercial technology,” the agency stated.
Breathe holds the IP and the know-how for the catalysts growth and course of engineering.