Vikas Lifecare collaborates with several institutions to produce cellulose, lignin and silica from rice husk
New Delhi [India]October 19 (ANI/PNN): Vikas Lifecare Limited has announced its collaboration with three world-class institutions to share research inputs and work on the development of various viable materials like cellulose, lignin and silica from chaff rice.
In this agro-circle project, the New Delhi-based company has shaken hands with the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) in Varanasi and the Swedish University of Stockholm.
Apart from this, the company has also teamed up with well-known Swedish companies, namely Lignflow Technologies AB and Lixea Computer for the same purpose.
The main objective of the Agro-Circle project is to establish innovative value chain concepts for the production of circular materials from agro-industrial side streams, the company said in a press release filed on the exchanges.
“In addition to avoiding pollution resulting from the burning of crop residues directly on the fields, which is the main cause of poor air quality in the northern part of India in winter, this project will aim to develop techniques to produce new biobased materials from the natural polymers extracted from this agricultural waste,” he added.
The Swedish company Lixea Compular aims to establish the process of producing cellulose from agricultural rice residues using Lixea’s dendritic process.
On the other hand, Lignflow Technologies, AB with IIT (BHU)-Varanasi aims to patronize lignin production. Vikas Lifecare will be instrumental in developing a technology to produce nano silica from rice husk.
Stockholm University and Indian Institute of Technology (BHU)-Varanasi will contribute through the characterization of lignocellulose fractions. Additionally, IIT-Varanasi, Stockholm University and Bio-Nano will design novel functionalized bio-based cellulosic fibers.
Commenting on the development, Managing Director of Vikas Lifecare and eminent scientist, Dr SK Dhawan, said: “The objective of this collaboration is to develop a circular economy in order to achieve sustainability through the production, recovery, reuse and return the product to its original form. end of life, resulting in zero or negligible waste.
He further added “the human population will exceed 9 billion in about 20 years, and India’s population alone is 1.4 billion today. At the same time, climate change continues to pose a serious threat to communities around the world. world, driving the human race in dire need of increased agricultural production.There will be an increasing generation of agricultural by-products such as rice straw and husks, which are renewable, abundantly available and sustainable.
Vikas Lifecare’s R&D team successfully validated the concept while establishing promising results for manufacturing nano silica from rice husk for niche applications including manufacturing silicon for blending with graphene as an electrode material and for the manufacture of pallets with plastic.
The company expects a significant contribution to the business figures put in place by Vikas Lifecare through this “agricultural cycle project”.
Vikas Lifecare is engaged in the manufacture of polymer and rubber compounds and specialty additives for plastics, synthetic and natural rubbers.
The Company is traditionally engaged in various business segments, including polymer and rubber base compounds and masterbatches.
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