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Government seeks comments on reframing National Biofuel Policy

According to reports, the government has sought public comments on proposed changes in the National Policy on Biofuels that seeks allowing producers directly sell fuel to consumers especially bulk customers like railways. “Ministry of New and Renewable Energy invites Feedback/Views/Comments on National Policy on Biofuels in respect of the changed overall outlook of the biofuel programme,” a public notice of the ministry said. According to the notice, the feedback may be sent by September 20 at [email protected] The national policy ... Read More »

India set to allow 100% bio-diesel for vehicles

According to reports, in a bid to push higher use of renewable energy, India is set to allow 100% bio-diesel for vehicles. The decision will pave way for manufacture of new engines that can use this fuel. The compatibility of vehicle to level of bio-diesel blend will be defined by the vehicle manufacturer and the same will also be displayed on the vehicle, the ministry of road transport and highways said in a notiication. Vehicle manufacturers will submit the vehicle ... Read More »

Andaman to get biomass power plant

According to reports,  Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Wednesday that his ministry has allotted Rs. 5 crore for a biomass power plant in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  Interacting with the media here, he said support will be provided for the pilot project which will primarily use agricultural residue for power generation. “Andaman today depends upon diesel for energy… 70 megawatts of energy is produced using diesel which causes pollution. We want to do away with ... Read More »

Sugarcane biomass used to produce ‘green’ jet fuel

According to reports, researchers, including those of Indian-origin, have developed a new method to produce ‘eco-friendly’ aviation fuel from sugarcane biomass that could lead to substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. “We’ve combined chemical catalysis with life-cycle greenhouse gas modelling to create a new process for producing bio-based aviation fuel as well as automotive lubricant base oils,” said Alexis Bell, a chemical engineer with joint appointments at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California Berkeley. “The recyclable catalysts ... Read More »

TNAU signs MOU with Chennai-based renewable energy firm

According to reports, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University today entered into a MOU with Chennai-based Orient Green Power Company Ltd, a leading renewable energy power producer, for the benefit of students. Under the MOU, there would be research collaboration between the two, which will also offer research fellowship for the M.Tech/Phd in Bioenergy Students to work on problems being faced by the industry, a TNAU release said here. The company will offer industrial internship to the B.Tech (EEE) students of Agricultural ... Read More »

India’s forgotten energy resource

According to reports, in setting aspirational targets for India, successive governments must recognise that adequate availability of land, water and energy is critical to their realisation, even when other financial, non-financial and human resources are available. India’s share in global energy consumption remains abysmally low. Its share in global primary commercial energy consumption (comprising commercially traded fuels and modern renewables used to generate electricity) was under 1.9 per cent in 1985. China accounted for 7.5 per cent of the then ... Read More »

Biogas Potential in India

According to reports, Biogas is a form of renewable energy produced from organic matter through a biological process. It is typically derived from anaerobic digestion or fermentation processes and can be produced from a diverse range of organic feedstocks including biomass, sewage, agricultural waste, certain industrial wastes (e.g. from the food & beverage manufacturing sector) and municipal waste. Renewable energy from biomass is one of the most efficient and effective options among the various other alternative sources of energy currently ... Read More »

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