According to reports, Gujarat has the potential to generate 2,000 MW power through biomass. If the state puts its wasteland to use power generation through biomass, generation can go up to 5,000 MW.
This is what B C Jain, chairman and founder of Ankur Scientific Energy Technologies Private Limited, a leading biomass gasifier company, told mediapersons here on Tuesday.
“Presently, Gujarat counts for only 32 MW (with Rs 150 crore investment) of installed capacity where power is generated through biomass. Generating 2,000 MW of power through biomass which is the state’s potential as of today, can lead to direct investment of Rs 10,000 crore in rural areas of the state,” said Jain, a gold medalist from BITS, Pilani and MBA from MIT Cambridge.
He had returned from the US in 1977, leaving a lucrative job behind to work in India.
The firm, which has set up country’s first biomass based power plant that can generate 1.2 MW power at Sankheda, in the last one and a half years has collected biomass worth Rs 4 crore from farmers of the region.
The firm that had clocked Rs 51 crore turnover in the financial year 2012-13 makes biomass gasifiers, mostly used for power generation.
A gasifier is used to partly burn biomass – a clean, renewable energy source – into gas, which is then fed to engines to generate power.
The company has installed gasifiers in over 30 countries, including the US, Bulgaria, Argentina and Cambodia.
It has licence to set up such plants of total capacity of 10 MW in Sri Lanka of which it has so far completed 2 MW.