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.
“Researchers Find 12,000 Pieces Of Microplastic Per Litre Of Arctic Ice”
“80-Kg Polythene Waste Removed From Cow’s Stomach After A Three-Hour Surgery”
“Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now Three Times The Size Of France”
These are a few news headlines from the past couple of months. No matter how much we try to deny it, over the course of time, plastic has become a part and parcel of our lives and it is destroying the environment and also endangering lives of animals.
While we have been made to believe that plastic is an indispensable part of our lives, it is destroying everything around us. According to UN Environment, about one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute around the world. Also, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. This means that almost half of the plastic created in the world is thrown away after a single-use.
All this plastic now ends up either in landfills or in the ocean. The marine life is heavily endangered because of plastic. Reports of aquatic animals dying of plastic pollution are increasing every day. A study from 2015 found around 44,000 incidences of animals getting entangled in plastic debris since 1960s. Plastic, that disintegrates into smaller pieces, are often eaten by smaller fish, which the ultimately ends up in our stomach. That is carcinogenic for human beings.
It is in this context that Indiabulls Home Loans has decided to do its bit and contribute to a plastic free environment. Setting the tone in its own offices, the company has decided to do away with single-use plastic bags and bottles at work.
As a special Independence Day initiatives, they have come up with a beautiful video #PlasticSeAzaadi. In the video, set against the backdrop of an Independence Day celebration at school children discuss the demerits of plastic use and how it is detrimental to the environment.
As with many important matters in life, it is children who recognize the right path and set the example. If they can, then why it is that adult can’t?
The Logical Indian appreciates Indiabulls Home Loansfor such a noble and necessary initiative to make our world a better place. We might not realize now, but the effects of excessive plastic could lead to ultimate destruction of Earth. We are ready to give up plastic, are you?