Power and Energy Sector

Ethanol blending

Ethanol blending is the practice of blending petrol with ethanol. Many countries, including India, have adopted ethanol blending in petrol in order to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions and also to reduce the import burden on account of crude petroleum from which petrol is produced. The renewable ethanol content, which is a byproduct of the sugar …

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Biofuels: Government Initiatives

Considering benefits of biofuels in reducing import dependency on crude oil, as clean environment fuel and generating additional income to farmers and employment generation in rural areas, Government has undertaken number of initiatives such biofuels programme and increasing blending of biofuels etc.   Initiatives: The biofuels programme is in synergy with Government’s other initiatives for …

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Thermal Battery

Thermal battery Thermal battery use thermal energy to operate i.e. energy created by temperature differences. The energy transfer in this battery helps to store heat when heat travels from one part of battery setup to other. For this transmission, thermal battery consists of two parts viz. cool zone (sink) and hot source (source.) Both these sides …

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Unconventional Hydrocarbons : Policy Changes

Union Cabinet has approved policy framework to permit exploration and exploitation of unconventional hydrocarbons such as Shale oil/gas, Coal Bed Methane (CBM) etc. It will be carried out under existing Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs), CBM contracts and Nomination fields to encourage existing contractors in licensed or leased area to unlock full potential of unconventional hydrocarbons in existing …

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Shale Gas in India

Context: Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has amended Petroleum and Natural Gas Rules 1959 to include shale in definition of petroleum. This change will allow private companies to explore and produce the resource in the blocks they already operate.   Benefit of this modification? The updated definition of petroleum means naturally occurring hydrocarbons, …

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