Coal News We love to talk!

NOV 16 2016

Purti Group co develops bio-CNG for vehicles

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Wed 16th NOV 2016

Manas Agro Industries and Infrastructure Limited (MAIIL) of the city, an extension of Purti Group of Industries, has developed a process of producing bio-CNG (compressed natural gas) that can be used as fuel for vehicles. MAIIL is planning to set up fuel stations or bio-CNG dispensing units in the city in about 8-9 months. The fuel will be produced from molasses and will be carried in cascades to the fuel stations unlike other CNG which is transported through pipeline.

Manish Umale, general manager of MAIIL, told TOI that the bio-CNG would cost Rs40-45 /kg and a scooter can run 65km in one kg. “This is very cheap compared to the conventional petrol or diesel which cause pollution to different extents. Bio-CNG is environment-friendly and the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) has given nod to use biogas as fuel,” said Umale.

The idea for bio-CNG came from Spectrum Renewable Energy Pvt Ltd of Hyderabad which is testing the use of this new fuel in commercial vehicles. Bio-CNG is being produced at Warna Nagar near Kolhapur.

Detailing the process of bio-CNG production, Umale said molasses generated while manufacturing sugar is mixed with rectified spirit and ethanol which forms a sludge. This sludge is used to produce methane which is then purified and filled in cascades at high pressure. In the process, some sludge remains which can be used as fertilizer. “We would be transporting the sludge from our Bela plant to city in cascades which will be installed in our fuel stations. Users can fill bio-CNG in vehicles from these outlets which are expected to be ready in less than a year,” said Umale.

Considering the benefits, government needs to make changes in rules and infrastructure so as to allow use of bio-CNG as fuel. The government should allow converting existing vehicles like scooters or three wheelers into CNG-friendly vehicles by attaching a conversion kit in it. Old vehicles too can be permitted to be converted into bio-CNG vehicles. An Israeli company I Tuk is learnt to have developed a kit that is already being used in Gujarat.

Tags

Gujarat Spectrum Renewable Energy Pvt Ltd Renewable Energy Gas Natural Gas Diesel Energy Petrol CNG Petroleum Safety

Related News

  • Japan ready to finance Indias coal-fuelled projects  Read more
  • IOC plans 33% rise in annual capex  Read more
  • 20 State power regulators have issued net metering connection, says MNRE official  Read more
  • Absence of coal linkage policy hurts power plants  Read more
  • CSE report on 5-star ACs, refrigerators confusing: RAMA  Read more
  • 15 bidders likely in oil block auction; ONGC, Oil India may jointly bid  Read more
  • Worlds biggest natural gas producer Gazprom eyes bigger share in India  Read more
  • Hike in petro prices fuels protest in city  Read more
  • Ratnagiri refinery: Dharmendra Pradhan says open to offer majority stake  Read more
  • Oil ministry wants cess on crude oil to be scrapped or reduced  Read more