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IIT Kharagpur with Cardiff University develops waste water treatment solutions

New Delhi :
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) along with Cardiff University has developed a photo-electro-catalytic (PEC) reactor for waste water treatment solutions. This collaboration will address the challenges faced by developing countries.

Cardiff University will conduct sophisticated studies –

The joint funding received by scholars from both the top institutes comes from the Global Challenges Research Fund – Impact Acceleration Account (GCRF-IAA) Project 2020 towards the development of a photo-electro-catalytic (PEC) reactor for wastewater treatment. The scientists at school of chemistry of Cardiff University will conduct sophisticated studies on the catalytic materials using technical tools and high-end computational calculations,” according to a statement issued by IIT Kharagpur.

We will initiate catalytic development –

A Rajakumar, Professor from the Department of Chemistry at IIT Kharagpur said, “A key issue in wastewater treatment is the removal of recalcitrant organic pollutants. Photo-electro-catalysis is an effective and sustainable mechanism that employs photocatalysts to degrade the polluting particles. At IIT Kharagpur we will initiate catalytic development, characterization, design of the PEC plant and optimizing the technology in order to make a proof of concept for end-users/industries.”

Serve as a resource in sustainable agriculture –

Wastewater is increasingly becoming a global ‘health and livelihood challenge’, especially in developing countries. Globally, 80% of wastewater re-enters the ecosystem without any treatment affecting the health and livelihood of around 1.8 billion people, according to the UN-Water. However, this wastewater can play a significant role in addressing urban water challenges, production of bioenergy, and even serve as a resource in sustainable agriculture and industries. Over the years, researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed innovative solutions for recycling and reusing wastewater and wet-waste.

“We are planning to do testing of the pilot-plant operation in the field after initial lab-based experiments and demonstrate the outcome for the benefit of industries by offering a reliable solution of water treatment technology,” said the statement.

Ensure the maximization of collaborative opportunities –

The GCRF grant, which is part of the £1.5 billion fund coordinated by UK Research and Innovation, will ensure the maximization of collaborative opportunities between the two institutions as part of its mandate to address the challenges faced by developing countries in agreement with the UN sustainable development goals, the statement added.

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IIT Guwahati with alumni of NIT Silchar and Dibrugarh University develops a muti-lingual app for farmers

New Delhi :
Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) with alumni of National Institute of Technology, Silchar (NIT Silchar) and Dibrugarh University has developed a multi-lingual app named AgSpeak for Farmers. This application will help the farmers in making decisions and managing farm activities using their smartphone or computer. AgSpeak’ is multilingual and has an option of Assamese and this feature is a first among all the agri-tech applications available in the market.

This application will help the farmers in making decisions –

The agri-tech start-up which is free for small farmers has been developed with the goal of optimising in-farm productivity through Artificial Intelligence (AI), a press release issued by IIT, Guwahati said.
This application will help the farmers in making decisions and managing farm activities by the click of a single button on their smartphone or computer.

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