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New device converts diesel into household fuel for rural India

New device converts diesel into household fuel for rural India
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Diesel, which is normally used in automobiles, buses, trucks and even railway engines and is considered -'dirty-', has been turned into a clean fuel...

Bengaluru: Diesel, which is normally used in automobiles, buses, trucks and even railway engines and is considered "dirty", has been turned into a clean fuel for cooking and lighting in rural areas courtesy a device developed at the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). Called "Lanstove", the diesel-powered gadget is claimed to simultaneously provide light (equivalent to that from a 200 watt electric bulb) and enable the cooking of a complete meal for a family of five.

Besides it can purify 10 litres of water for drinking. The carbon monoxide (CO) level from the Lanstove - a measure of combustion efficiency - is less than three parts per million (ppm) compared to 250-400 ppm emitted by regular coal or wood-fired "chulhas" (traditional stoves). Thus Lanstove is an extremely clean device, equivalent to an LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) stove for cooking.

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