Renewable Nepal Funded Research Projects
Project Title: Optimization of bioethanol production from cheese whey using immobilized lactose assimilating yeast strains.
Project Introduction: With ever increasing global energy demand, energy crisis is looming throughout the world and production of alternative energy to fossil fuels is increasingly becoming necessity of the hour. As a consequence, countries such as Brazil and USA are already producing 73.7 billion liters of bioethanol used as fuel from staple crops mainly, corn and sugarcane. Such alternative, however, is questionable due to ever increasing world population and urban encroachment onto agricultural land. Thus, it is imperative that the research should focus towards utilization of industrial wastes to produce bioethanol which not only acts as a suitable substrate for biofuel production, substituting use of crops for energy production, thereby managing such wastes by itself but also has minimal carbon footprints as compared to fossil fuels. This project proposes a sustainable approach to overcome fuel crisis and environmental pollution at the same time, wherein, dairy wastes can be used to produce bioethanol that can be used as an alternative to fossil fuel.