Buses in Haranya, India, Shifting to Biodiesel
20 May 2005
Expressindia. Starting in June, all buses running out of Gurgaon in the state of Haryana, India (next to New Delhi) will run on B5 biodiesel (5% biodiesel).
The decision from the Haryana government came after a year-long pilot test that confirmed reductions in PM and a marginal improvement in fuel efficiency.
IOC (Indian Oil Corporation) provided the biodiesel, processed from jatropha, at no extra cost.
‘‘Smoke levels in buses running on fuel mixed with bio-diesel have certainly gone down,’’ says R.K. Malhotra of IOC’s R & D Division. IOC got the emission from these buses checked at its R & D facility in Faridabad. ‘‘Although, improvement in mileage was something we were not expecting, it seems to be a positive development. Having a home-grown fuel like this can go a long way in providing energy-security to the country,’’ he adds.
Although only B5 was used in the test, the participants are looking to increase the blend to a B20 over the next few months.
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