According to reports, the model biogas plant that uses wet waste to generate biogas/electricity on the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore campus has been functioning well for nearly a year.
The plant generates 90 kg of cooking gas a day that is used to generate around 320 units of power a day.
This takes care of 25 per cent of the university’s electricity requirement.
The plant generates three-phase power that is used by the university to operate sophisticated and energy-intensive equipment in the labs.
The raw material for power generation comprises cow dung from around 175 cattle at the university apart from leftovers at the students’ hostels. The plant requires 4.5 to 5 tonnes of organic waste a day for its operation.
The total cost of the 20-kW plant is about Rs. 40 lakh.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has provided a subsidy of Rs. 8 lakh at a rate of Rs. 40,000 a KW.
The entire cost of setting up the biogas plant is expected to be recovered in about two years.