Bio CNG from cow dung a good alternative to petrol

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Jaipur, Jun 23 (UNI) At a time when the world is grappling with spiralling rise in petroleum products and the common masses looking for ways to rein in soaring prices, the production of bio-CNG from cow dung seems to provide reprieval.

The Rajasthan Goseva Sangh has offered a new source of energy by using 'Gober Gas' for production of bio CNG for automobiles.

A Bio CNG production and bottling plant set up by the Sangh with the help of IIT Delhi scientists at the Sangh's Durgapura Goshala here will produce around 24 kg bio CNG per day for providing tank full supply to six auto rickshaws.

Inuagurated by Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, the manufacturing and bottling plant is aimed at segregation of natural methane gas from carbon dioxide for production of pure bio CNG developed by indigenous technology using carbon dioxide's solubility in water.

Mr Kataria said if the plant succeeded, it would offer effective and very cheap alternative to petro fuel. One litre bio CNG costing around Rs 15 could make an auto rickshaw to run up to 20 km, he added.

Moreover, he said the bio fuel would also solve problem of increasing pollution and make cow and bovine animals more beneficial.

IIT Delhi scientist B Subbarao said methane constituted around 55 to 60 per cent volume of bio 'Gobar Gas' and bio CNG produced in the process was of better quality as it was almost free from higher chain hydro carbons.

Speaking on the occasion, Science and Technology Department, Government of India, Senior Scientist Sanjay Bajpai said five more similar plants have been sanctioned by the government for installation in Rajasthan.

He stressed the need of setting up maximum possible small scale plants in villages for the production of CNG to cater to needs.

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