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Automobiles can run with ethanol

Written by: Staff

Amritsar, Mar 23: Automobiles can run on ethanol without any modification in engines, say technologists.

The distinguished food and sugar technologists, who participated in the one-day Seminar on ''Latest Trends in Sugar, Alcohol and Food Technology'', highlighted that ethanol hold a great potential and was environmental friendly fuel.

The automobiles could run on 5-10 percent with ethanol without any modification in engines, they said.

The seminar was sponsored by the Industry-Institute Partnership Cell of AICTE, New Delhi, and organised by the Department of Applied Chemical Sciences and Technology and Department of Food Technology of the Guru Nanak Dev University here under the University-Industry Linkage Programme (UILP) at Guru Nanak Bhawan.

Ethanol has a wide application in industry and is used as beverage, pharmaceutical and perfumeries.

To meet the demand of ethanol required for fuel, there was a great need to develop new technologies to produce ethanol from agro wastes other than molasses, the technologists said.

They were of the view that in sugar industries, a plenty of biomass fuel was available in the form of Bagasse, which could be used to generate the power with high-pressure boilers.

They opined that the distillery effluent was subjected to rigorous treatment and could be utilised for the irrigation of crops.

Vice-Chancellor, Dr S P Singh, presided over the seminar while Prof M P Mahajan, Coordinator underlined the various programmes initiated by the University under UILP.

The vice-chancellor said that in the fast changing world, University Industry-Linkage is the need of the hour. He exhorted the industrialists to come forward to help the University in this venture and make use of the highly sophisticated infrastructure available at the University Campus.


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