Students of Mookambigai College of Engineering at Kalamavur near here have claimed to have successfully experimented with blending of agro wastes for arriving at a cost-effective non-toxic fuel.

The fuel made of abundantly available wastes such as coconut shell, peanut shell, and sawdust was burnt and tested with respect to time, mass and pressure in a conventional steam boiler used for cooking. Heat energy could be produced with materials costing equivalent to only Rs.4.50 per kilogram.

The final students of Mechanical Engineering Department, S.Vignesh, S.Dhinesh and M.Rajeshkumar carried out this experiment as part of their final year project, under the guidance of P.Ramkumar, Lecturer, Automobile Engineering Department. The project won them Young Emerging Scientist Award 2013 at Salem, a press release issued by the college said.

The project, if implemented on a large scale, would obviate the need for India to import coal for sustaining economic growth, and end power crunch.

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