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IGNITING MINDS: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam interacting with scientists at a conference on bio-diesel at Rashtrapathi Nilayam in Hyderabad on Friday. - PHOTO: P.V. Sivakumar
IGNITING MINDS: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam interacting with scientists at a conference on bio-diesel at Rashtrapathi Nilayam in Hyderabad on Friday. - PHOTO: P.V. Sivakumar

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Lab-varsity interaction urged to determine optimal blend of bio-fuel meant for vehicles

Kalam suggests policy that helps the country move towards the goal in a time-bound manner Asks automobile industry to incorporate appropriate design changesWants the country to embark on a mission of producing 60 million tonnes of bio-diesel by 2030

HYDERABAD: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has stressed the need for automobile industry to coordinate with laboratories and universities for research to determine the optimal blend of bio-fuel that vehicles could carry without modification to engines.

The research could also focus on modifications required for the engine for 100 per cent utilisation of bio-fuel, he said after inaugurating a workshop on `Bio-diesel towards energy independence' at Rashtrapathi Nilayam at Bolarum here on Friday.

The aim

He suggested a policy that would allow blending of 25 per cent bio-fuel with diesel in cars and 100 per cent bio-fuel in trucks by 2012 and called upon the automobile industry to incorporate appropriate design changes and development in future cars.

The aim should be to take short-term and long-term view of economics of bio-fuel plantation and provide a facilitating environment to farmers, bio-fuel enterprises and researches so that the country moved forward towards energy independence in a time-bound manner.

Dr. Kalam insisted on research activity as it was reported that some four-wheelers, trucks and heavy vehicles were run fully on bio-fuel without any change to the automobile power plant. In other cases, tests were successfully conducted in running cars to specified distances with 10 per cent blending of bio-diesel.

The President wanted the country to embark on a mission of producing 60 million tonnes of bio-diesel by 2030. As a first step, a production of six million tonnes, which was equivalent to five per cent of oil imports, could be targeted by 2010. Progressively, the plantation programme could be planned to achieve 30 million tonnes by 2020.

Jatropha plantations

He also sought allotment of wasteland in the country to self-help groups (SHGs) or bio-fuel cooperatives for plantation of Jatropha seed. A State-wise bio-fuel mission with specific production targets could be devised for the purpose. The SHGs or cooperatives must set up seed collection centres with a notified payment system for smooth marketing of the produce.

Some 80 farmers, scientists, academics, energy experts and State and Central Government officials attended the two-day conference.


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