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Fuel demand to be met by Bio-diesel

The Delhi College of Engineering plans to unveil a reactor with a capacity to produce over 600 litres of bio-diesel daily that would help// to meet India’s growing demand for fuel.

According to Naveen Kumar, chief of the bio-diesel research department in the college the reactor would be the first of its kind in India and capable of producing 600 litres of bio-diesel every day.

Kumar, a professor in the department of mechanical engineering, said his 10-member team took five months to complete the project at a cost of Rs.350,000.

Speaking about the benefit of bio-diesel, he said the fuel is more efficient than general diesel. It has 10 percent of inbuilt oxygen, which helps to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and other polluting particles.

"In a nutshell, bio-diesel is eco-friendly," Kumar told IANS.

"We have already developed small units with capacities of five, 10 and 50 litres and one 1,000-litre unit will be ready within five to six months," said Kumar.

While the ministry of non-conventional energy commissioned the 600 litre capacity unit, the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) commissioned the 1,000-litre unit.

"While, the earlier units had only one vessel, the new reactor has six vessels. It can produce at least 200 litres of bio-diesel in eight hours."

Currently, authorities are using 'karanja' and 'jatropha' seeds at their laboratories and are planning to cultivate more of the seeds to reach a target production of 10,000 litres of bio-diesel per annum within the next two years.

Kumar said he has been doing research on bio-diesel since 2000 and his primary motive was not limited to helping his students alone.

"The broader aim is to provide community-friendly technology to people in rural areas. If rural people can be trained on the subject and are provided the required technology, then a lot of our fuel problems can be solve
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