Ammonium nitrate can be used as a substitute to fossil fuel, says expert

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 26 April 2018

“By using batteries, ammonium nitrate will be decomposed in a controlled manner. The process will be an exothermic reaction which will meet our purpose." added Sharangpani.

PUNE: To find a solution to get rid of harmful pollutants emerging out of combustion of engine using fossil fuels, a city-based innovator and product developer Shrinivas Sharangpani has proposed use of ammonium nitrate as an alternative to fossil fuels. Sharangpani has recently published his work in reputed journal ‘International Organisation of Scientific Research in Applied Chemistry’. 

While speaking to media persons at MCCIA on Wednesday, Sharangpani said that ammonium nitrate can be used to generate energy by heating it. 

“By using batteries, ammonium nitrate will be decomposed in a controlled manner. The process will be an exothermic reaction which will meet our purpose. The reaction will not generate harmful pollutants like carbon mono oxide or carbon dioxide but it will generate nitrogen and oxygen which will be environment friendly,” added Sharangpani. 

A prototype of the entire process is yet to be developed and Sharangpani is in the process to find ways of funding the initiative. “After my scientific paper was published, my work is in public domain. It is up to the government and other agencies to look positively at the project so that we get an alternative green fuel,” he added.

Speaking about his innovative idea, Sharangpani said that he was working on green fuel idea and so he was thinking of a product which can be used to generate energy and should not contain carbon. 

“Ammonium nitrate is used in fertilisers and in explosives. Various inhibitors can be used to prevent accidents while handling it,” he added. The innovator said that it is high time, the world should start looking for alternative fuels as fossil fuels are limited and can be exhausted.” Similarly, pollution is leading to green house effect and is also damaging the environment, he added. 

Speaking about the innovative idea, Suresh Naik, ex-director of ISRO, said that at least one rocket is launched and 1,000 aircraft fly every day. “This burns lot of fuel and also leads to pollution and hence, there is need of green fuel,” he added.

Related News