US-India Consortium for Development of Sustainable Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuel Systems

Second Generation Biofuels consortium will focus on development of sustainable advanced lignocellulosic biofuel systems. The US team led by the University of Florida includes researchers from University of Florida, Virginia Tech, University of Missouri, Montclair State University and Texas A&M University, and industry partners Show Me Energy Coop, Stan Mayfield Biorefinery pilot facility and Green Technologies LLC. The India team led by Indian Institute of Chemical Technology-Hyderabad includes researchers from Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Directorate of Sorghum Research, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Rajmata Vijayraje Scindia Krushi Viswa Vidyalay, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and Madras besides industry partner Abellon Clean Energy Limited.

The project addresses the second generation biofuel R&D priority area of the US – India Joint Clean Energy Center emphasizing sustainable feedstock cultivation and supply, biochemical conversion technologies for production of second generation biofuels with minimal environmental impact, and analysis of overall sustainability and supply chain of feedstocks as well as biofuel. Successful completion of the project is expected to result in benefits both US and India by delivering a working model for feedstock production and supply, biochemical conversion approaches and technologies that have been validated on pre-commercial scale systems, and overall economics and sustainability of biofuel production and supply systems.

Contact Information


Dr. Wilfred Vermerris
University of Florida


Dr. Ahmed Kamal
Indian Institute of Chemical Technology-Hyderabad

Project Overview Video


Project Funding

The work on the Indo-US Biofuels Research Project was supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of International Affairs under award number DE-PI000031.


Biofuel Information
Cutting a sorghum sample

Cutting a sample of sorghum for test purposes. Sorghum crops, biofuel production.