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Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology explores green energy with Canada varsity’s help

According to reports, the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) has been working on green energy and developing farm equipment, which can run on renewable energy. Scientists from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, will provide technical know how to OUAT.

“In the first phase we are concentrating on production of biomass, biogas and biodiesel by using crop waste and agriculture by-products. Producing ethanol from sugarcane waste is very effective in developed countries and we are planning to start it soon,” said OUAT vice-chancellor, Manoranjan Kar. “Besides, our scientists are also working on developing farm instruments, which can run on renewable energy. Scientists from the Canada university expressed their willingness to provide technical support for this,” he maintained while speaking at a workshop on green energy and energy conservation here recently.

According to experts, about 70% of India’s energy is generated from fossil fuel with coal accounting for 40% followed by crude oil and natural gas at 24% and 6% respectively. The renewable energy potential of Odisha is around 12,000 MW, including 8,000 MW, a year from solar photo-voltaic source followed by solar thermal and wind power at 2,000 MW and 910 MW respectively. Potential from biomass paddy husk and biomass paddy straw has been assessed at 250 MW each, official sources said.

Speaking on the occasion A K Dalei, scientist in University of Saskatchewan, said: “Unlike India, renewable energy technologies are a major source of energy in developed countries. Since Canada has developed latest technology to use renewable energy, it can provide its technical support to OUAT for creating green energy from agri-wastes.”

Among others, all deans, directors of OUAT and teachers from different engineering colleges from across the state participated in the workshop.

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