GUWAHATI, Oct 5 – The present day students are becoming more concerned with the growing need of the society they are living in. This is reflected in their activities, particularly in the projects they develop for various purposes. One such project developed by two Class-VIII students of the city-based St Mary’s HS School, Priyanka Barooah and Dikshita Mali is the ‘Bamboo charcoal: An alternative fuel for posterity.’ Priyanka, who is the leader of the group, told this correspondent that since the stock of the non-renewable energy resources like the fossil fuels are limited, they were motivated to search for alternative energy sources. This drew their attention to bamboo resources which are easily available in Assam.
The present study is to make an assessment on the bamboo charcoal and mainstreaming the bamboos as alternative non-renewable energy sources of bamboo charcoal.
Out of the bamboo resources available in Assam, Bambusa balcooa (Bhaluka banh), Bambusa tulda (Jaati banh) are very common and they produce a considerable amount of biomass. During the study a field survey was carried out and it was found that people use coal (Pathar koila) or wood charcoal (Kaath koila) only and they are not aware of bamboo charcoal.
Some experiments were conducted to correlate and compare bamboo charcoal with wood charcoal and energy efficiency of bamboo charcoal. After analysis of data, it was observed that the quality of charcoals, particularly of Bhaluka banh is better than wood charcoal and more economic. On the other hand the charcoal of Bhaluka banh was found more energy efficient than other samples.
The results and findings show that the fossil fuels can be saved for our future generations and there is a great scope for economic development of our state and environment conservation, Priyanka said.