Ethanol Blended Diesel Use in Passenger Buses of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation

This paper presents an argument to support the use of ethanol-blended diesel (E-diesel) fuel in passenger buses of India. The author begins with a review of the petroleum use in India, including economic considerations. India imports nearly 70% of its annual crude petroleum requirement, which is around 110 million tons. The price ranges from US$ 120-140 per barrel, and the expenditure on crude purchase is in the range of Rs.3200 billion per year. The author then describes the reasons why ethanol should be incorporated into diesel fuel for state-run bus transportation systems, including the benefits for sugarcane farmers, the other farm products that can produce ethanol (wheat, corn, beet, sweet sorghum), the positive impact on air pollution by using ethanol. The author then describes the use of E-diesel by one of the premier state transport businesses, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, with technical assistance from Energenics Pte, Ltd. (Singapore), a supplier of alternative energy solutions and technologies. A comprehensive evaluation of the use of EnerdieselTM on the bus fleet of KSRTC was conducted, focusing on estimating the contribution of air pollution emissions reduction and its impact on the air quality of the environment. The economic benefits of EnerdieselTM use were also evaluated. The author concludes by revisiting the potential scope of E-diesel use in India.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: ITS Connections: Saving Time. Saving Lives

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  • Accession Number: 01142018
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 5 2009 7:12AM