The world energy consumption has grown above 12000 million tonnes of oil equivalent per annum with an average per capita energy consumption of about 1725 kg of oil equivalent. The vehicular growth at the same time is of the order of 1.015 billion with average ratio of vehicle to people as 1:6.75 which contributes towards 28.00% of total energy consumption in transport sector alone.
The energy consumption in India has surpassed 524 million tonnes of oil equivalent with per capita energy consumption of the order of 442 kg of oil equivalent per annum. The ratio of vehicle to people in India is estimated as 1:56.3. This global growth in energy and vehicular population has resulted into 30.6 Giga tonnes with India contributing to about 1730 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent GHG emissions responsible for serious climate change. As per WHO, the HC, NOx CO & PM emissions are responsible for about 8 lac deaths and 4.8 million lost life years per annum. This fact clearly focuses a serious concern towards improved combustion in all utilities including IC engines which can help in reducing both energy consumption and emissions. This underlines a need towards what one defines as “Green Combustion” which is the theme of this 23rd National Conference on I.C. Engines and Combustion.
National Conference on I.C. Engines and Combustion has been biennial event under the auspices of the Combustion Institute-Indian Section. This conference provides a unique forum for engineers and scientists from academic institutions /research laboratories / industries both from India and abroad to meet and exchange technical information on new developments in the field of I.C. Engines, Combustion and Propulsion.
23rd National Conference on I.C. Engines and Combustion (23rd NCICEC-2013) held on 13-16, December 2013, organized by Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat under the auspices of The Combustion Institute- Indian Section (CIIS).
Thematic lecture on Zero Effluent Discharge Biomass Gasification System was delivered by Dr. S. A. Channiwala, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat at 23rd NCICEC on 15th December 2013 at SVNIT, Surat.