S. Manikandan
Technical Director
IIHA
S. Manikandan
Have over 15 years of experience in engineering bast fibre machinery and built an acute knowledge on sustainability (through renewable and natural fibres) and is a firm believer that WE need the Earth to survive while the Earth can evolve even without us.
I have had the privilege of being the youngest in the history of International Jute Study Group to present a paper on the future of jute in December 2003 and since then have had the luxury of interacting with the world’s finest technologists from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Bangladesh, United Kindgom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
I have to my credit 10 papers / presentations in natural fibres & renewable energy and am keen to propagate the use of natural fibre having understood the art of managing them for varied applications. The e-mobility thought process is a dream come true giving the perfect opportunity to blend natural fibres, renewable energy & storage and mobility.
This renewed effort got impetus from an invitation to the International Nonwoven Symposium in Prague organized by EDANA to present my thoughts on natural fibres and the capability of India being the leader in biofuel manufacture with cultivation of industrial hemp across the country, especially in the Himalayan and North Eastern states.
The success of the recently concluded COP 21 at Paris in December 2015 gives tremendous impetus as the world is on the pursuit to embrace alternate sources of automobile fuel; and our focus would be energy from batteries and bio-fuel to power the grids that will support from back-end.