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Nations Capital Prefers PNG

Indraprastha Gas limited (IGL)  is on the verge of breaking records by providing nearly 100,000 homes with piped natural gas (PNG). IGL is a joint venture between GAIL and BPCL. The rising use in PNG suggests that Indian consumers prefer the convenience and utility PNG provides. Further evidence suggests that PNG is safer as compared to traditional fuels, such as wood fired stoves and gas cylinders.

IGL  added 72,771 connections during 2013-14. Company MD Narendra Kumar said IGL was committed to maintaining the highest level of safety standards in its operations and appealed to customers to strictly follow the safety precautions as disseminated by IGL from time to time.

He added that it would be IGL’s endeavour to better its record in the current year by covering new colonies.

IGL sells clean fuel to nearly 8 lakh vehicles in NCR through a network of over 300 CNG stations.

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Courtesy of the Times of India




China Implements Clean Fuel Standards Early

China has been paving in-roads for cleaning up the quality of its air and to reduce greenhouse gases. It has announced that its “national five” fuel policy will be completed ahead of schedule by over one year, putting the implementation date of the policy as January 2017. The new standards are similar to Euro V which has maximum sulphur content of ten parts per million.

Starting from Jan 2016, China will expand the areas receiving gasoline and diesel that meet the standards to 11 eastern provinces and cities, according to a Cabinet statement posted on the central government’s website

Under an earlier plan, only Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province, as well as key cities in the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta would have received “national five” fuels by that time.

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Hydroelectric Generators Basics

It is a well-known fact that hydroelectric dams have been a clean source of energy for decades. But do you know how they actually produce electricity? Check out the video below to find out the facts about hydroelectricity.

Courtesy of TranspowerNZ


China Is Taking Steps To Mitigate Its Environmental Footprint

The citizens of the world are becoming acutely aware of the dangers and harmful effects of carbon emission and greenhouse gasses and thus many countries are looking to bio-fuels as a way to lower the impact. China is one such nation that will implement a full-scale, waste to ethanol plant, which is expected to produce 30 million gallons every here.

April 22 (Reuters) – China Steel Corp plans a commercial-scale project to produce ethanol from waste gases as a push to improve air quality without using food as feedstock, said the firm that came up with the technology on Wednesday.

According to LanzaTech, the Chicago-based company that created the technology, it is projected that China Steel is to spend $46 million for a commercial ethanol facility attached to a steel plant in Taiwan that is targeted to pump out more than 30 million gallons of ethanol annually.

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Via DownstreamToday and courtesy Chris Prentice of Reuters


Waste to Diesel

In a brilliant feat of scientific innovation GAIL in partnership with CSIR-IIP (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Indian Institute of Petroleum) have been able to convert broken buckets, mugs, toothpaste tubes, bottle caps and other polyolefin products into the cleanest grade of diesel.

GAIL and CSIR-IIP to hold the patent for this unusual discovery.

Announcing this in Dehradun today, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Vice President, CSIR, laid out the roadmap for further exploitation of opportunities in alternative fuel sources. The country’s premier research establishment in hydrocarbons has achieved significant success in reducing national dependence on fossil fuels.

“I have myself campaigned on the streets of Delhi against pollution and plastic proliferation. Today, I am glad to announce that diesel conforming to Euro-5 specifications in sulphur content has become a reality thanks to the CSIR-IIP and GAIL’s diligence and ingenuity”, he said.

The Minister elaborated: “We are the first to have the capability to convert 1 tonne of broken buckets, mugs, toothpaste tubes, bottle caps and other polyolefin products into 850 litres of the cleanest grade of diesel. This is the best news yet for the planet this year because henceforth plastic waste will be viewed more as a resource than a nuisance”.

With this technology, the Indian Railways is soon to set up plants to manufacture diesel for mechanical traction.



#GAILBreatheFree contest

With the future of our world being negatively affected by climate change and air pollution, lets make a change this Earth Day for the better.

Participate in our #GAILBreatheFree contest
Today | 12pm – 6pm
And tell us how you plan to contribute to mitigate the harmful effects of air pollution.

The best entry #wins GAIL goodies

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Air Quality Index

The Indian government has unveiled a plan to measure the air quality throughout India. The Air Quality Index is active in 10 cities currently, with plans for it to be implemented nationally. The index measures for a number of chemicals, namely; Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Sulfur Dioxide (SO), Carbon monoxide (CO), Ozone (O3), Ammonia (NH3), Lead (Pb), fine particles known as PM2.5 and dust particles known as PM10. The air quality index is hailed as a step on the right path to curbing air pollution. Live information about the air quality in your area can be viewed online here


Securing India’s Energy Independence

Today with our partners, we are paving the way forward for India’s energy independence. Watch how we highlight our commitment towards sustainable growth with forward thinking, by setting strong foundations with international companies to secure India’s place as regional processing hub. Fueled by exceptional management and strategy, India has become a net exporter of natural gas which has lead to worldwide recognition of India and its energy partners, in the role of sustainable energy and green energy. With community initiatives like #TomorrowIsYours, a TV series aimed at helping rural India achieve their entrepreneurial sprits and dreams, women empowerment and basic learning and development classes, we are sustainably securing India’s energy independence.


Natural Gas : A multipurpose resource

For hundreds of years, natural gas has been known as a very useful substance. The Chinese discovered a very long time ago that the energy in natural gas could be harnessed, and used to heat water. In the early days of the natural gas industry, the gas was mainly used to light streetlamps, and the occasional house. However, with much improved distribution channels and technological advancements, natural gas is being used in ways never thought possible.

There are so many different applications for this fossil fuel that it is hard to provide an exhaustive list of everything it is used for. And no doubt, new uses are being discovered all the time. Natural gas has many applications, commercially, in your home, in industry, and even in the transportation sector! While the uses described here are not exhaustive, they may help to show just how many things natural gas can do.

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Turning waste to energy : Ghazipur landfill gas capture project

Today a major crisis that affects everyone in India is being tackled: Garbage. We have established an energy generation initiative by transforming the Ghazipur landfill from a giant pile of waste into a source of sustainable energy.

The process involves three basic steps; Collection, Refining and transportation.


The section of the landfill has been covered to capture the gases produced by the waste. Utilizing wells that are connected to a suctioned piping network, the gases are collected.


The captured gases consist of hydrogen sulfide, methane and small amounts of hydrogen. The gases are then separated, purified from LFG (land fill gas) and transformed into usable CNG.


The usable CNG will then be transferred out using our existing pipeline network and to distribution centers.

The results of this endeavor have been exceptional;

Since its inception we have been able to reduce emissions by 60 kilo tons of carbon dioxide equal by using the previously wasted methane as now usable energy. By covering the landfill we have also been able to reduce the exposure to disease, Furthermore rodents and pests have also been culled since the project has started.

The steps taken at the Ghazipur landfill will help us reduce carbon emissions and create sustainable renewable energy from pure waste.

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Piped Natural Gas (PNG) – comfort and convinience

Ask any homemaker the troubles of gas cylinders and they can answer in an instant. There’s no assurance of quality, the cylinder is delayed and at times defective.
It might’ve worked a decade ago, but it doesn’t work for today’s fast paced life.

Meet Piped Natural Gas (PNG) – a convenient solution for today’s household.

PNG has several distinctions to its credit- of being a pollution-free fuel, easily accessible minus storage troubles, and being available at very competitive rates.

When you choose PNG, you are making a wise decision. Why not enhance your comfort and improve your lifestyle for the years to come? Experience the versatility and performance of this reliable energy source. With PNG you don’t need to make any choices, for its characteristics make it the best option for domestic and commercial purposes.

Uninterrupted supply
The source of PNG supply in Delhi is the famous Hazira-Bijaipur-Jagdishpur (HBJ) pipeline of GAIL (India) Limited. PNG offers the convenience of ensuring continuous and adequate supply of PNG at all times, without any problem of storing gas in cylinders.

Unmatched convenience
The domestic consumers have to take upon themselves the trying task of booking an LPG cylinder refill, time and again. Then starts the wait for the deliveryman to deliver the cylinder. Switching over to PNG renders this entire exercise unnecessary. PNG also eliminates the tedious routine of checking LPG refill cylinder for any suspected leakage, or it being underweight, at the time of delivery. Moreover, the user is spared the inconvenience of connecting and disconnecting the LPG cylinder when out of gas. Precious space, occupied by LPG cylinders is also saved.

The combustible mixture of natural gas and air does not ignite if the mixture is leaner than 5% and richer than 15% of the air-fuel ratio required for ignition. This narrow inflammability range makes PNG one of the safest fuels in the world. Safety Tips

Natural gas is lighter than air. Therefore, in case of a leakage, it just rises and disperses into thin air given adequate ventilation. But LPG being heavier will settle at the bottom near the floor surface.

A large quantity of LPG is stored in liquefied form in a cylinder. With PNG, it is safer since PNG installation inside your premises contains only a limited quantity of natural gas at low pressure i.e. 21 millibar (mbar).

On leakage, LPG expands 250 times, which is not the case with PNG. Supply in PNG can be switched off through appliance valve (inside the kitchen) and isolation valve (outside kitchen premises), which fully cuts off the gas supply.

The user is charged only for the amount of PNG used, and no pilferage is possible with PNG as the billing is done according to the meter. A unique feature is that the user gets to pay only after consumption of gas. The domestic consumer pays the PNG bill only once in every two months.

Moreover, there are no minimum consumption charges ie, if there hasn’t been any consumption, there shall not be any bill.

The user pays the gas consumption charges based on the exact consumption reading provided by the meter installed at his premises. The bill is delivered at the user’s doorstep. List of collection centers/drop boxes

Customer support
Round-the-clock customer support is assured through 24 hrs number 1860-180-1817 backed by control rooms, which are manned by engineers and trained technicians. Thus complaints, if any, are promptly redressed.

A versatile fuel
Natural gas is being used predominantly as a versatile fuel in many major cities catering to domestic and commercial applications, as a cooking fuel, for water heating, space heating, air conditioning, etc.

Environment friendly
Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels, and helps improve the quality of air, especially when used in place of other more polluting energy sources. Its combustion results in virtually no atmospheric emissions of sulphurdioxide (SO2), and far lower emissions of carbon monoxide (CO), reactive hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide, than combustion of other fossil fuels.

In fact, when natural gas burns completely, it gives out carbon dioxide and water vapour. These are the very components that we exhale!

No daily liasioning
The consumer is spared the task of liasioning with oil companies and co-ordinating with them for ensuring the daily supply of fuel, because PNG is supplied directly through pipes.

The daily bills, settlements and reconciliation are also avoided as the consumer is billed once a month, and that too as per the meter reading.

No spillage and pilferage
In case of fuels like HSD and LDO, there are considerable chances of spillage and pilferage. In case of PNG these losses are invariably done away with, for PNG is supplied through pipes.

Billing – No up-front payment
The user is charged only for the amount of PNG used, and no pilferage is possible with PNG as the billing is done according to the meter. The commercial consumer pays on a monthly basis. Moreover, there are no minimum consumption charges, ie, if there hasn’t been any consumption, there shall not be any bill.The user pays the gas consumption charges based on the exact consumption reading provided by the meter installed at his premises. The bill is delivered at the user’s doorstep.

Lower maintenance cost
With PNG, soot or ash accumulation and greasy spillages are absent from your appliance. Maintenance costs are, thus, driven down.

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Harness energy from the sun!

Forget large, bulky solar panels. Soon anything from clothing to cars could be used to harness energy from the sun.

Scientists from Sheffield have developed low-cost, spray-on solar cells that can be applied to surfaces in a similar way to paint. The cells are made of a material called perovskite, which is cheap to produce and, when used as a spray, produces very little waste.

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