Belagavi and Bagalkot Districts will soon to get 21 Flex-Fuel stations. Flex Fuel is an alternative fuel in which gasoline is combined with methanol or ethanol, which simply makes flex-fuel vehicles leave fewer toxic fumes into the environment.
These stations will be set up by TruAlt Energy from Nirani Group. According to the report by Deccan Herald Jamkhandi in Bagalkot district will get India’s First ‘flex fuel’ station from TruAlt Energy.
The flex fuel station coming up at Belagavi (14 Stations) & Bagalkot (7 Stations) likely to provide bio CNG, ethanol-blended gasoline and a charging facility for electric vehicles.
Ethanol Revolution and EVs
Ethanol – perhaps the most ubiquitous of the alternative biofuels, locally produced substance, has made its way into people’s gas tanks. It is environmentally friendly that aligns with stricter emission norms. Pat few years have seen central and state governments coming together to promote the use of ethanol as a flex-fuel. Union Minister Gadkari, in one of this addresses, had highlighted that reducing the production of sugar and increasing the production of ethanol is good for future.
What are Flex-Fuels
Flex-fuel or Flexible fuel has been gaining traction on the heels of being alternative, environment-friendly fuels that can help combat both rising fuel prices & pollution levels. These are seen as an alternative fuel which are a combination of regular gasoline and methanol/ethanol. Unlike CNG fuel systems which store petrol and CNG in separate tanks and are used separately by the engine, the flex-fuel combination is stored in the same tank of fuel and is used by the engine as a blended fuel.
Ethanol as a Flex-Fuel
In flex fuels, the ratio of ethanol to petrol can be adjusted but the most commonly used flex-fuels use 85% ethanol and 15% petrol. Unlike petrol, ethanol is not a byproduct of crude oil. Instead, it is a complex derivative of biomass left by agricultural feedstocks such as corn, sugarcane, hemp (bhang), potato, rice etc. Ethanol is extracted from sugarcane juice; from molasses – the black viscous product derived from refining sugarcane. These agricultural products are found in abundance and hence, the government has made a concerted effort to promote ethanol as an alternative fuel option. This was also reflected in the unveiling of the ambitious National Policy on Biofuels (2018).
What makes Flex-Fuels more environment friendly
Ethanol has the quality to burn cleaner than gasoline, which simply makes flex-fuel vehicles leave fewer toxic fumes into the environment. Advanced technology is used to make flex fuel engines which also involves use of electronic sensors. Such advances make enable the vehicle to detect the fuel blend, make any necessary adjustments, etc.
Usage of ethanol, which is sustainably produced, is what makes flex-fuels a green choice. By means of ethanol, India is in a quest to reduce its dependency on imported crude oil as well as to curb carbon footprints, as ethanol has the tendency to reduce carbon monoxide pollution by 35%. Unlike petrol, ethanol is not a byproduct of crude oil.
About TruAlt Energy LLP :
TruAlt Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. was established as a private limited company to provide energy solutions to cater the demand of gas production, gas retailing and also to create aftermarket business for retail of CNG. With a fully equipped and centrally located office in the city of Bengaluru, TruAlt is gradually expanding with a vision to be a leader in the manufacture and supply of eco-friendly fuel at affordable rates. The holding company MRN Group was established in 1997, is a successful business conglomerate headquartered at Mudhol, Karnataka. Under the visionary of Founder Mr. Murugesh R. Nirani, the group has been striking the balance between reimagining & advancing industrialization and improving people’s lives not only across Karnataka but various parts of India.