Union Petroleum Minister flags off low carbon cruise on Mahabahu Brahmaputra
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Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep S Puri on 24 January inaugurated the demo-run of Inland Water Vessel powered by Methanol blended Diesel (MD15).
An overview of the news
The boat ride was conducted on a 50-seater motor launch marine vessel named 'SB Gangadhar'.
The ocean liner is equipped with two Ruston-made diesel engines (105 hp engine each).
The boat will be run on MD-15 (15% methanol mixed HSD).
Methanol is a low carbon hydrogen carrier fuel produced from high ash coal, agricultural residues, CO2 from thermal power plants and natural gas.
This is the best route to meet India's commitment to COP 21.
Slightly lower in energy content than petrol and diesel, methanol can replace both these fuels in the transport sector (road, rail and marine), energy sector.
NITI Aayog's 'Methanol Economy' program aims to reduce India's oil import bill, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and convert coal reserves and municipal solid waste into methanol.
India Energy Week 2023 (IEW 2023) to be held in Bengaluru from 6-8 Feb 2023.
About India Energy Week
It is the first major event under India's G20 Presidency, which follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pledge at COP26 to cut India's emissions to net-zero by 2070.
Organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India Energy Week is the only and all-encompassing international energy event supported at the highest level by the Government of India.
The week is being organised with the participation of all Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).
It is officially supported by the Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI).
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