(Energy Asia, February 4, Wednesday) — India’s Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) said it has developed ethanol-powered lanterns and stoves.

The appliances come with cylinders for low-grade ethanol that provide a supply of up to 25 days.

In their application, the ethanol cylinders can be reused and will function like the widely-used cylinders for liquid petroleum gas (LPG). However, with lower pressure levels, they are safer than LPG cylinders.

The institute said the ethanol-powered lanterns and stoves would find a ready market in India’s rural areas. It has claimed that in trials, ethanol-powered stoves had performed better than kerosene or biomass stoves.