Flameless Burner developed by CU Students will help cut LPG Subsidy 

In a bid to help common man to lessen the burden of fluctuating prices of LPG Cylinders, Mechanical Engineering students of Chandigarh University have come-out with a unique innovation “Flameless Efficient Burner” which runs on Bio-gas. Currently the Union Government of India has an outlay of Rs. 20,377 crores which is the annual subsidy given to common man on LPG cylinders. The unique Flameless bio-gas based burner developed by CU students helps in increasing the efficiency of LPG Cylinder by 50% which means that the domestic 14.2 kg cylinder will run for double the number of days and hence will result in saving for common man. This will help in annual saving for Government of India in terms of foreign exchange as the country is the second largest importer of LPG. Prabhjot, Rajnesh, Sangam and Rahul all 3rd year Mechanical Engineering students of Chandigarh University have developed this burner after 3 months of extensive research on Heat Transfer by Radiations.

“In the race to innovate everything possible, heart of the home, Kitchen is often overlooked. Cosmopolitans are well versed with the induction and hot plates but the rustic ones are still facing the rut of burning biomass like wood, crop residue and cow dung on traditional stoves or open fires. Killing 11,000 people daily world-wide due to the exposure to hazardous airborne pollution particles, PM2.5, the issue has been prevailing in rural and semi-urban areas. This is an attempt to clear out smoke-filled un-vented homes of rural India.” said Prabhjot, Mechanical 3rd year student of Chandigarh University.

The accidental burns and chronic health concerns caused due to smoke produced by the traditional burners have been taken up seriously by the students, Prabhjot (Ludhiana), Rajnesh(Patiala), Sangam(Talwara) and Rahul (Rajasthan). Cooking the innovation, students claim to have invented the flameless stove with efficiency 50% higher than the traditional ones resulting in the reduction of fuel consumption as well as negligible emission of toxic gases like Carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen and Sulfur. The burner turns orange-red when turned on implying complete combustion unlike turning yellow/blue in the LPG based stoves which are currently being used.

“Government schemes like Ujjwala providing access to subsidized LPG connections has resulted in the preference of LPG over cleaner cooking options like biogas which needs attention and thus we decided to come up with something that is cost-effective as well as environment friendly” said Rahul.

While sharing the uniqueness of the burner Prabhjot said. “We have made use of white porous ceramic and metal balls for setting up the stove. The data acquisition machine verifies the temperature at any given time and we have reached 750 degree (Celsius) for the complete combustion of gases leaving no passage for harmful gases.”

With an investment of Rs. 1 Lakh, the students eyes to sell it for Rs. 500 after it gets approved to be produced on a large scale. “We tend to add automatic temperature controller to our project once we are done with patent formalities” he added.