is derived from the Pongamia pinnata
, which is native to India
. The word honge
comes from the Kannada
word for this plant. The oil was pioneered as a biofuel
by Dr. Udipi Shrinivasa, of the Indian Institute of Science
. The estimated cost of the oil is $150
, which is highly competitive with other potential fuel oils. Researchers in India have estimated that honge oil could completely replace India's consumption of petroleum based fuels.