Having a hard time to believe? The centre in the Nitte, Udupi region of Karnataka has found out a cheaper alternative. A diesel fuel that is made by reacting vegetable oil with other common chemicals. It is less expensive, renewable and a clean-burning fuel. It can be used in any diesel automotive engine in its pure form or blended with petroleum-based diesel at any concentration.
NMAMIT(Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology ) is the first one to produce biodiesel using the waste oil used for cooking from the hotels and bakers in the area. Rather than the waste oil being thrown in the drains it will be saved and put to some much-required use. A litre of cooking oil can produce up to 95% of bio-diesel. It is commonly produced by transesterification (a process of exchanging the organic group R″ of an ester with the organic group R′ of an alcohol. These reactions are often catalyzed by the addition of an acid or base catalyst) of the vegetable oil or the animal fat feedstock. This production process is used to convert the base oil to the desired fuel. Any free fatty acids in the base oil are either converted to soap or removed from the process or they are further esterifies using an acidic catalyst. After the processing, unlike vegetable oil, biodiesel has combustion properties that are similar to those of petroleum and can replace it in most current uses. A by-product of the process is glycerol/ glycerine. It is colorless, odourless viscous liquid.
Store your oil
To collect the oil, barrels have been put to various places to store the waste cooking oil after they are done with the day’s cooking. C Vaman Rao, head of the department of biotechnology engineering informed that some places provide the barrels without any charge while some charge them for varying from rupees 25 to 30 per litre. These barrels are taken from the stores on a monthly basis.
The Logical Indian congratulates the institute for their efforts. Given the large scale disposal of waste cooking oil, this finding can go a long way in energy self-sufficiency.
Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
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