Celebrate 10th August as The Biofuel Day & Know About The Top 5 Startups That Boost Biofuel Culture In India

Mad4Nature By Ritika Bidawat | 5 min read

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Every year on August 10th World Bio-fuels Day is celebrated with the goal of increasing awareness and promoting the consumption of biofuels for a brighter future.

Biofuel

Any fuel created from biomass, often known as organic matter, is referred to as a biofuel. This contains any kind of plant or algal matter, even wood, in addition to animal faeces. These fuels are regarded as energy sources that are renewable since the life cycle continually replenishes them organically.

They are therefore a desirable replacement for basic fuels like oil coal, and natural gas. These compounds get created over thousands of years and then removed from the earth utilising pricy and harmful procedures. They are also used up quicker than they’re being generated. Fossil fuel reserves in the world will eventually run out, especially if we keep using them at the present rate.

Happy Biofuel day

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The German scientist Sir Rudolf Diesel is honoured on this day. It was on this date in 1893 that he successfully ran a mechanical engine using peanut oil, making him the inventor of biofuel. He also foresaw the day when vegetable oil would eventually replace fossil fuels, and it appears that day has come.

This day in India was established by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in an effort to lessen the nation’s reliance on crude oil as a source of energy. The first World Biofuel Day was held on August 10, 2015, and in 2022, we will celebrate its eighth anniversary.

The purpose of the day was to raise awareness of the benefits of using biofuels and other non-fossil fuels. It also calls for a shift toward biofuels for a greater good and the possibility of energy independence for most nations, particularly those that currently rely on foreign energy sources.


India Making A Difference With Brilliant Biofuel Startups

We can all relate to the hardship of paying exorbitant gas or fuel rates for our cars. And to make matters worse, it is predicted that fuel prices will continue to rise over the following years, seriously harming our budget in the process. Switching to alternative sources is the only way to avoid it. Although electric vehicles are now doing well, we have learned from the experience that we cannot rely solely on one source of energy.

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Thus, the relevance of biofuel increases as, at the moment, they are still reasonably priced when compared to fuel costs, they are excellent sources of energy that don’t produce pollution, making them eco-friendly, and they must be used in the battle against global warming.

In addition, increased demand for biofuel, assist the farmers in making some additional cash since it also helps to generate additional income in rural areas.

In India, there are currently over 3,300 companies involved in the renewable energy industry, many of which are also engaged in the green fuel industry to lower carbon emissions. One of them like the Hyderabad Bowenpally vegetable market uses vegetable waste to create electricity and biogas – Waste recycling to its best use
These firms are working on waste utilisation, novel biofuel production technologies, and battery composition advances, among other things. They are attempting to increase the amount of clean fuel throughout the nation.

Top 5 Biofuel Startups

Aloe Ecell

Through her startup, Aloe Ecell, Nimisha Varma, a 25-year-old businesswoman from Jaipur, Rajasthan, is examining the success rate of aloe vera in making biofuel. The team developed its initial eco-friendly battery prototype in 2019. The world’s first wholly eco-friendly & non-hazardous batteries were made by Aloe Ecell using ALOE VERA. The herbal electrolyte has been used in place of the batteries. She emphasised that they had finished the 2nd pilot with over 1,500 consumers and were prepared to bring the product to the market shortly. She also mentioned that work was been done to offer environmentally friendly rechargeable batteries.

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Aloe Ecell batteries are more durable than conventional batteries and offer steady voltage thanks to their high activity level. With advancements in engineering, technology, and materials, a whole new internal structure has been created that offers improved ion exchange, strength, durability, and leak protection.
They guarantee clean energy for a better battery world with our non-toxic, biodegradable electrolyte using a cheap and easily accessible raw material, Aloe vera.

GPS Renewables

Similar to Varma’s business, Bengaluru-based GPS Renewables is a start-up that aims to reduce the risks associated with traditional fuel. The business recently set up an EV charging point in Mumbai that use waste-derived biogas as its fuel. In more than 100 public and private organizations nationwide, GPS Renewables is credited for popularising biogas production from food wastes and its use as an alternative to LPG for cooking. They conducted a novel experiment using biogas to charge EVs in order to meet the rising demand for electric vehicle charging stations.

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The business partnered with the municipality body to collect organic food wastes and turn them into biogas, which was then used to charge EVs. The company is concentrating on bio-methanation techniques to address the issue of managing organic waste, hasten the transition from fossil fuel to bioenergy, and play a significant part in climate change mitigation.

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Jap Innogy

JAP, based in Chandigarh and formed by D.S. Mahal, worldwide energy, natural resource, and biofuel industry veteran with more than 3 decades of experience, is attempting to grab carbon dioxide. When cellulosic ethanol refineries use enzymatic processing of the biomass, carbon dioxide is a substantial by-product. They are prepared to use this byproduct as “Renewable-Carbon Dioxide or BioCO2.

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To put it simply, they will collect carbon dioxide, clean it, and turn it into a liquid or gaseous form in accordance with food grade requirements, which entails a 99.99% purity level. To date, all carbonated beverages have been made with chemical carbon dioxide; however, by using renewable carbon dioxide, drink producers may proudly display the “Renewable-CO2/BioCO2” symbol on their packaging, which greatly enhances their brand’s reputation as being ecologically friendly.

JAP is advancing social progress, economic success, and environmental improvement by combining skills, knowledge, and abilities to produce sustainable value for all parties involved in the form of humans & Planet. Their goal is to develop Radiant life for the current and future generations of humans.

Aganvay

A technology-driven company that creates commercially and environmentally sound solutions for the chemical and energy industries. Their focus is on creating torrefaction reactor technology to enable the generation of bulk chemicals, energy, and heat from agricultural waste.

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The only feedstock available for current biofuel production and biomass-to-chemical technologies is pure wood pellets, which is a costly one. With torrefaction, “difficult” agricultural leftovers like sugarcane bagasse and wheat and rice stubble may now be used effectively in power plants, gasification reactors, and pyrolysis units.

Buyofuel

a one-stop shop for all energy-generating garbage and biofuel was established in May 2020 by Venkateswaran Selvan, Krishna Karunakaran Prasad P Nair, and Sumanth Kumar. On a single platform, it links raw material aggregators, producers of biofuel, consumers of fuel, and producers of garbage.

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Since then, the business has sold around 23,000 tonnes of biofuel. It sold 10,000 tonnes in April 2022, which was a record, and 7,000 tonnes in the three months that ended in March 2022. Buyofuel is a one-stop solution for all and everything of biofuel.

Greenjoules

As the company’s name accurately suggests, Greenjoules is a modern business that supports dependable, easy-to-use, scalable, and creative solutions to assist customers in locating the energy options that best meet their needs. They are dedicated to offering specialised solutions for bio-waste, which poses a risk to the environment and is difficult to dispose of or repurpose.

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GreenJoules is an expert in producing renewable biofuels, often known as “Drop-in Fuels,” which are made totally from leftover food and renewable byproducts from the food processing sector. At Green Joules, they collect bio waste and turn it into regular fuel that can be used both industrially and commercially (to power boilers) (say in your cars). Their fuel has a significantly lower carbon footprint than ethanol and biodiesel because of a unique set of processing parameters that they have developed. Their fuel is indeed carbon neutral and uses little energy, making it a readily attainable reality. By consuming all the carbon-rich waste, they offset the carbon emitted into the atmosphere by burning diesel and keep the environment’s carbon balance.

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