This Bengaluru Company Is Functioning On To Convert Sewage Into Biodiesel
How about an organization furiously working towards the improving the health of the lakes as well and producing bioproducts at the same time? Bengaluru-based company Green Fuels, a private firm, has taken an initiative to convert the waste into biodiesel.
This would ultimately help to transform the broken sewage system into one of the biofuel types. The project is presently in the pilot stage. It has also received permission from the Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board (BWSSB).
The firm is now into the action of alternative fuels by utilizing household waste resources such as cooking oil and lubricant. Further moving its focus on a huge amount of liquid waste, the firm has started collecting samples of fat from the sewage that straight away goes into Bellandur lake and is in the move to convert the sewage waste as a feedstock for producing biodiesel.
To make biodiesel, the essential components required are fat, oil, and grease (FOG) in the form of feedstock. According to Julesh Bantia, founder of the firm, the current sewage treatment plant (STP) of BWSSB isn’t integrated with the mechanism that can extract fat before entering the sewage system.
The fat is also accumulated in the final treated water. This treated water is released into the water and is used for gardening purposes but with a minimum quantity of fat. One of the important factors of the fat is that it takes about 6–7 decades to degrade.
Bantia said, “Everyday around 1 lakh kg of fat is released into sewage system due to heavy unmanageable waste. So we gave a thought can’t we transform this waste into a high-value green energy fuel. Now with the assistance of some scientists who are working along on this project, we have collected the sample to extract pure fat.”
The overall pilot is closely monitored by the Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board. GN Dayananda, manager (operations) of Board said, “The initiative is no doubt an appreciable move, but it also has challenges as to how much amount of the fats can be extracted.”
Earlier, the team faced availability issues for cooking oil so to keep the thrust they opted to produce biodiesel by using sewage-extracted fat.
Bantia stated that one of the key challenges in the overall process is to recognize the potential resource and pre-treat it.
The initiative by the company is marvelous and it exactly fits with the current demand that is called by the distressed mother nature.