Thermax is an energy and environment solution provider based out of Pune, India.
Thermax has executed and commissioned the first ever biomass based IPP set, under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, India. The Kalpatru plant is a 7.8 MW IPP with fuels as diverse as mustard husk, mustard straw, and cotton stalk among others. This is the first biomass based project from India to be successfully registered with UNFCCC as a CDM project.
Thermax had entered into a JV in March, with Babcock and Wilcox (B&W) for manufacturing and supplying both sub- (above 300MW) and super-critical boilers. The boiler based on the technology of Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), USA offers both single-drum and bi-drums variants with benefits that include fuel flexibility, low maintenance and high operating availability.
These boilers have the ability to accept fuels like Bagasse, mustard stalk, cotton stalk, rice husk, coffee grounds, de-oiled bran, wood chips, roasted chaff, lignite, washery rejects, paper sludge, coal.
Thermax’s long involvement in the Energy business has led to a very deep understanding of fuels and their R&D labs have successfully tested and commercialized firing of more than 40 bio waste and bio fuels like rice husk, agro waste and municipal waste.
Commercializing different feed stocks as a fuel source is a key for success of biomass projects in India and Thermax has done a lot of work in this area.
This is an area where a lot of pioneering effort has also been carried out by another Pune based cleantech company Praj Industries that was in the news recently for winning the prestigious Cleantech Group’s “Cleantech Emerging Enterprises of the Year”- India.
The technology transfer will provide Thermax with high efficiency combustion systems for using biomass, high in moisture content, for energy generation. This technology will be integrated with boilers and heaters made by Thermax with a capacity range of 4-30 MW. This would be an ideal addition as the typical biomass projects in India are between 7-25MW and will have the ability to accept the diverse feedstock available in India.