Bhubaneswar: Every year 10th August is observed as World Bio-Fuel Day in a bid to create awareness about non fossil-fuels (Green Fuels). On this day in 1893, Sir Rudolph Diesel (inventor of the diesel engine) for the first time successfully ran mechanical engine with Peanut Oil. His research experiment had predicted that vegetable oil is going to replace the fossil fuels in the next century to fuel different mechanical engines.
Thus to mark this extraordinary achievement, World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th August.Ministry of Petroleum & Natural gas has started observing the World Bio fuel Day since 2015. On 10th August 2015, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Bio Diesel blending program in four cities of India – Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Haldia.
An International conference “Energy Security for India- Creating a Biofuel Economy” was organized by “Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas” on 10th August 2016, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. National Biofuel Policy 2018 targets to achieve 20% Ethanol blending in Petrol by 2030.Socio-Economic benefits of Bio fuel are as follows:• Reduction in burning of agricultural residues/biomass, thus reducing release of harmful air pollutants.• Enhances self-sufficiency of the Nation by reducing crude oil imports thereby saving Forex. • Income to farmers: Additional revenue to farmers by way of cost towards biomass.• Employment Generation in rural areas.• 120-160 million tons/year of surplus agricultural residue can be converted into alcohol through new technologies.• Bio-ethanol derived from agricultural residues reduce GHG (Green House Gas) emissions by approx. 92% as compared to burning of fossil fuels.
World Bio fuel day is being celebrated this year in three different places of Odisha-Bhubaneswar, Bargarh and Bhavanipatna with participation of Students, farmers and public at large. The theme for this year’s Bio fuel day is ‘Making our Planet a Better place with Bio fuel’. Quiz and Painting Competitions have been held in various Schools in these places and selected students are being awarded on the theme of Biofuel. A rally is taken out at these places to spread the message on use of Bio fuel. Prof. Surendranath Pasupalak, Vice Chancellor of OUAT as Chief Guest, grace the occasion in the august presence of Sri Samir Mohanty, Social Activist, Sri Pritish Bharat, Chief General Manager, IOCL- Odisha & State Level Coordinator-Odisha State , Sri Debashish Palit, State Head (Retail), Odisha & Jharkhand, BPCL and Dr N.K. Dhal, HOD, Environment & Sustainability Dept,IMMT.