Gul Bahao has announced its latest product called fuel pack. It was presented to a World Bank Consultant Mr. Kazim Saeed at the Gul Bahao’s Research Station in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. According to Gul Bahao it is an environmentally friendly alternate fuel. A very good substitute for coal. The product has come up at a time when the world is at logger heads over the supply of oil.
The fuel pack is a block weighing 10-12 kilos of size 6x17x21 inches. It is made from clean non-toxic industrial waste and contains bits of wood, paper, cloth pieces etc. Here it may be mentioned that Gul Bahao is daily collecting about 15 tons of waste material from 200 factories of Landhi and after several attempts has been able to come up with the fuel pack. The shape of the block is the same as that of was-tic blocks (building blocks made from plastic waste) and is made in the same mould. This took several years to develop. The pack does not contain anything that may produce toxic fumes. It is portable and is covered with tinsel or aluminum foil, which gives it an aesthetic look. Another attractive aspect of this block is its relative cost effectiveness. It costs as little as Rs 20 per block. It has been tried experimentally and has given excellent results. A business group in Karachi has volunteered to market it
In a press statement Gul Bahao has said that the “Fuel Pack” that it has made from waste material could help to solve the acute problem of electricity, the city is facing. According to Gul Bahao it is an environmentally friendly alternate fuel, a good substitute for oil; because it does not give out any toxic fumes, at the same time is cheap and easily available. It can be easily used as fuel for thermal power stations.
Giving the back ground of the “Fuel Pack” Gul Bahao has said that in 2006 it was collecting different kinds of industrial waste during the months of February to April from 80 factories of the EPZA by means of 8 trucks on daily basis and it has been conducting experiments on them ever since. Techniques used were those that have been developed by Gul Bahao for making its famous “Wastic Blocks”. The “Fuel Pack” is a block weighing ten to twelve kilo of size 6 inches by 17 inches by 21 inches. It consists of clean non toxic industrial waste like bits of wood, paper, cloth etc. which are not mixed up with putrefying waste. A protective covering of aluminum foil which is fire resistant is put on the blocks which also give it an aesthetic look.
The blocks have been used as fuel in different places which gave extremely good results. One well known industrial company even volunteered to market it. Considering the grave power situation, Gul Bahao has asked the Government to consider its “Fuel Pack” as fuel for thermal power stations. The advantage of this alternative fuel is its easy availability as well as its low cost.
Here it may be mentioned that Gul Bahao has been experimenting with waste material for the last thirteen years and so far has spent 4 crore of rupees. It has had as many as 80 people working in a single day. It has also succeeded in establishing Pakistan’s first Research Center for waste management.