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High natural gas usage contributing to record high CO2 levels

Recent reports show that the level of carbon dioxide emission continues to grow despite the decline in coal consumption. The carbon dioxide emission is set to rise by 0.6% in 2019 according to the Global Carbon Project. Though this is lower than last year’s rate, the current emission rate will reach record high levels in ..

Amit Shah launches Winter-Grade Diesel for Ladakh

On 18 Nov, Union Home Minister Amit Shah through video-conferencing inaugurated First Winter-Grade Diesel outlet for Ladakh .  The winter-grade diesel has been developed by the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to address the problem of loss of fuel during extreme winter conditions.   The move will help to address the problem faced by people due ..

India’s 1st plant to convert paddy straw into compressed biogas (CBG) to come up in Karnal

India’s first plant to convert paddy straw into Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) will come up  at Gharaunda village in Karnal, Haryana. The biogas generated at the Indra Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) ‘s plant will be used as CNG in vehicles and as piped cooking gas and help fight menace of stubble burning in fields.  The ..

IIT Madras inks pact with ExxonMobil to boost biofuel research

The IIT Madras has collaborated  with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE)  for research on energy and biofuels. The 5-year joint-research agreement focuses on biofuels, data analytics, gas conversion and transport, and is intended towards finding low-emission solutions.

Union government launches Prakash portal to monitor Coal supply

The Union government has launched a Prakash portal – ‘Power Rail Koyla Availability through Supply Harmony’ – for better coordination among the Ministries of Power, Coal and Indian Railways for coal supply to power plants. The portal, which is developed by NTPC, is designed to help in mapping and monitoring entire coal supply chain for ..

100% FDI now allowed in Coal Mining

The Union Minister for Commerce announced the approval for over 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in coal mining and associated infrastructure. This will prove to be a major flip to the coal mining and thermal power generation sector of India while it is a let down to the environmentalists who have been requesting the Indian ..

Researchers at IIT Hyderabad develop method to make biofuel with sugar and salt

By using sugar, sulphuric acid and salt, the researchers of IIT Hyderabad have developed a cheap and efficient nano-carbon catalyst to help in the production of biofuel precursors. The catalyst showed better efficiency and selectivity than the commercially available variants to produce the desired C15 oxygenated hydrocarbon — a precursor to diesel and jet fuel. ..

2019 edition of World Biofuel Day (WBD)

The World Biofuel Day (WBD) is observed every year on 10th of August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels. The day also highlights the various efforts made by Government in the biofuel sector. The 2019 theme of Biofuel day is ‘Production of Biodiesel from Used ..