World Biofuel Day: An effort to generate awareness on green fuels

World Biofuel Day: An effort to generate awareness on green fuels17081303

ITANAGAR, Aug 12: In an effort to create awareness on non-fossil fuels (green fuels) and to focus on the scarcity of non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuels, the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS) Limited jointly organized the World Biofuel Day programme at NERIST auditorium, Nirjuli today.

Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein stressed on the importance of biofuels as cost effective and environment friendly substitutes to conventional fuels, and called for nurturing bamboo as it is endemic to the State and found in abundance.

He said that the state govt is committed to the cause of biofuel as it is now emerging as a versatile energy source and Chief Minister Pema Khandu in this connection had a number of discussions with the Central leadership recently.

Mein announced that the state govt had recently signed an MoU with Numaligarh Refineries Limited, Assam for supply of raw materials in form of bamboo for production of Ethanol to be blended in petrol and petroleum products.

Appreciating the NYCS for organizing the WBD in the state to ensure that the celebration becomes a country-wide movement, Mein exuded hope that the movement would provide great entrepreneurial opportunities to the people, who should come forward to take it as a business model.

While giving the mantra of persistence, sustenance and quest for reality, RGU vice chancellor Prof Tamo Mibang underscored the importance of more participation from the student communities to reap benefit from the academic conference and seminars.

The guest of honour said that the youths are the future of the region and they must come forward to learn new things, like that of biofuel which will help develop students global awareness and understanding of the science of biofuels, and also help them to develop an independent point of view on vital issue.

Informing that biofuels are nothing new, Mibang said that Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of diesel engine predicted the future importance of biofuels and used peanut oil in his diesel engine. The term biofuel can refer to any organic material that can be rapidly replenished, he added.

He pointed out that the state has abundance of land bank for producing biofuel resources but to tap it we need to change and develop our mindset.

Many research works are on to find ways of using biofuel in the State. There are many ways for extraction of biofuel and the currently used models are used in USA and Brazil in the form of bioethanol and biodiesel, he added.

Besides Mudang Tacho, SDM Doimukh Depot IOC and Amit Das, regional head of NYCS Ltd, the function was also attended by registrar, deans, faculties and students from NERIST.

During a technical session, Prof Pradip Lingfa (head, dept of Mechanical Engineering, NERIST) made a P-P presentation on biodiesel as a sustainable future fuel and Dr D Mahanta, Jt Director, AP State Council for Science and Technology presented a P-P on activities and achievement of APSCST.

As part of WBD celebration, various competitions for school students were held earlier and the prizes for which were distributed by the chief guest and guest of honour to the winners today.

Later, making of bio-diesel process were practically demonstrated to the gathering at the Bio Diesel Lab of NERIST.

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