This book discusses the emerging research centred on using methanol- whose excellent fuel properties, easy production and relative compatibility with existing technology- make it attractive to researchers looking to alternative fuels to meet the rising energy demand. The volume is divided into broadly 4 parts which discuss various aspects of the proposed methanol economy and the technological advances in engine design for the utilisation of this fuel. This book will be of interest to researchers and policy makers interested in using methanol as the principal source of ready and stored energy in societal functioning.
Avinash K Agarwal is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. His areas of interest are IC engines, combustion, alternative fuels, conventional fuels, optical diagnostics, laser ignition, HCCI, emission and particulate control, and large bore engines. He has published 24 books and 230+ international journal and conference papers. Prof. Agarwal is a Fellow of SAE (2012), ASME (2013), ISEES (2015) and INAE (2015). He received several awards such as Prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award-2016 in Engineering Sciences, Rajib Goyal prize-2015, NASI-Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee Award-2012; INAE Silver Jubilee Young Engineer Award-2012; SAE International's Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award-2008; INSA Young Scientist Award-2007; UICT Young Scientist Award-2007; INAE Young Engineer Award-2005.
Gautam Anirudh is the Executive Director of the Research Designs & Standards Organization, Ministry of Railways in Lucknow, India. He has completed his Masters in Engine Systems from the University of Wisconsin Madison (USA) and his PhD from IIT Kanpur, India. After working on the maintenance and operations of locomotives in the Indian Railways, he moved to the manufacture of diesel locomotives at Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi, India where he worked on the diesel engines for locomotives. He was instrumental in developing in the first indigenous EMD design locomotive in India and has also developed the ALCO locomotive electronic fuel injection system and the mobile emission test car. His main areas of interest are energy production devices, fuel cells, hybrid power trains and sustainable motive power systems, control systems development and structures optimization. He has been the recipient of many awards and is now working on developing locomotive engines for alternative fuel sources and increased fuel and emission efficiency.
Nikhil Sharma is a CSIR-Pool Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur. He has completed his M. Tech and PhD from NIT Hamirpur (India) and IIT Kanpur respectively. His research interests include optical diagnostics, fuel spray characterization, emission measurement and management and application of alternative fuels for internal combustion engines. He has authored 4 book chapters and 7 research articles.
Dr. Akhilendra Pratap Singh is an Indo-US Post-Doctoral fellow in the University of Wisconsin Madison, USA. He received his M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India in 2010 and 2017 respectively. Dr. Singh worked as a CSIR Pool Scientist at ERL, IIT Kanpur from 2014 to 2017. His areas of research include advanced low temperature combustion; optical diagnostics with special reference to engine endoscopy and PIV; combustion diagnostics and engine emissions measurement. Dr. Singh has edited 5 books and published 17 book chapters and over 30 peer-reviewed international journal papers and conference papers.
Liquid Sunshine for Indian Railways.- Prospective of methanol economy.- Enabling rural economy in India to partially substitute petroleum products by methanol- technology solutions and policy support.- Petroleum Carcinogenecity: The Indian Challenge.- Methanol as a Locomotive Fuel: Challenges and Opportunities for India.- Reactivity-Controlled Compression Ignition Combustion Engine using Alcohols.- Impact of tri-fuel on compression ignition engine emissions- Blends of waste frying oil - alcohol - diesel.- Exhaust Emissions of an Automotive Diesel Engine Fuelled with Petro- Diesels and B20 Blends.- Exhaust Emissions of DI-CI Engine Fuelled with Neat Biodiesel Fuels.- Energy analysis biodiesel: environmental aspects.- H2 Enriched CNG as Alternative fuel for Internal Combustion Engines.- Review on the use of essential oils in compression ignition engines.- Biogas as a Fuel for Agricultural Applications.- Methanol as an Alternative fuel for Diesel Engine.