India is in discussions with Brazil about forming a technology collaboration to promote the use of ethanol, as part of a drive for alternative fuels to reduce carbon emissions.

Brazil has been utilizing ethanol in automobiles for a long time, and there is plenty to learn from the South American country, Union Minister V K Singh said on Tuesday.

We can learn from them (Brazil) and collaborate with them to ensure that we also develop an ecosystem for ethanol and such alcohol-based fuels,” stated the Minister of State (MoS) for Road Transport and Highways at the ‘Assocham-Fuels of the Future 2.0’ conference in the national capital.

He went on to say that there is a need to raise awareness about alternative energy that can replace fossil fuels. Aside from sugarcane, ethanol may also be created from broken rice, maize, and corn.

There is also a drive for sustainable aviation fuel, and we completed a test flight powered by sustainable aviation gasoline. The biggest difficulty we have today is deciding which alternative fuel to use and how to shift people’s attitudes about alternative fuels,” said Singh, who is also the minister of state for civil aviation.

Kenneth Felix Haczynski da Nobrega, Ambassador, Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil, said that the formation of the Global BioFuel Alliance under India’s G20 presidency is a ground-breaking clean energy initiative.

It signals the start of a new phase, one that will solidify biofuel technology as a key choice for decarbonizing our economy. “The Brazilian Presidency of the G20 will accelerate the implementation of the GBA,” the envoy said.

For three years, Brazil and India have been creating a technical conversation on ethanol…we will continue to grow this collaboration, this technology cooperation, and seek other partners so that bio-fuel ethanol may be utilized in a bigger number of nations and become a more valuable commodity. Brazil is willing to share its technology and experience with India,” he told PTI.

A significant deal of effort has been dedicated to the use of ethanol as a fuel for internal combustion engines, either alone or in combination with other fuels. This is mostly due to the possible environmental and long-term economic advantages of utilizing ethanol instead of fossil fuels as a fuel.

As ancient as the advent of the internal combustion engine, the utilization of ethanol as a vehicle fuel has been around for a long time. As part of his early engine research, Nikolas A Otto studied the use of ethanol as a fuel for vehicles in 1897. Since the 1920s, Brazil has been employing this fuel.

Ethanol may be combined with gasoline at any percentage up to and including 100% ethanol (E100). To minimize the use of petroleum-based fuels while simultaneously lowering air pollution, varying volumes of anhydrous ethanol may be mixed with gasoline in varied proportions.