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A traditional mutt kitchen transformed by technology

According to reports, the Jagadguru Shri Duradudeendeshwar Siddha Mutt at Nidasoshi in Hukkeri taluk has reportedly become the first in the country to install a ‘Malli Gasifier Thermal’ (MGT) using green energy (fuel) and traditional chulhas (earthen stoves) to cook the daily Anna Dasoha (free community meal) for the mutt volunteers and devotees. Having installed the 100-kg biomass unit, the mutt is not only saving a substantial quantity of wood every day, but is also providing some much-needed relief to ... Read More »

SAIL TO GENERATE POWER FROM MUNICIPAL WASTE

According to reports, Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), India’s largest steel maker in public sector, will set up a processing plant for generating power from municipal solid waste generated in Bhilai township, company officials said on Saturday. The processing plant would utilise pyrolysis/ biomethanation/ RDF based Municipal solid waste technology or any other gasification technology for ‘Waste to Energy’ power generation. Power will be generated from 400 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day, officials added. As per a ... Read More »

First bus to run on biogas to hit Kolkata roads soon

According to reports, come end-March and the country’s first bus to run on human and animal waste will debut in Kolkata and ferry passengers on the 17.5 km route between Ultadanga and Garia that are 17 kms apart at a nominal fare of R 1 irrespective of the distance covered. As many as 12 buses running on biogas will start plying on 12 routes in the city. Biogas is produced from animal and plant waste and principally consists of methane. ... Read More »

Punjab to be bio-refinery leader in next two years

According to reports, on the last day of the two-day second Progressive Punjab investors’ summit, the state government on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the consortium of Beta Renewables, Novozymes and CVC India Infrastructure for building a Rs 950-crore bio-ethanol refinery in two years, which will make the state leader in the bio-refinery sector.  This will help solve the problem of paddy-straw burning that is injurious to soil fertility and the environment. Punjab renewable energy ministry Punjab ... Read More »

GE takes IISc biomass tech for power plants in the US

According to reports, a home-grown technology to generate electricity using biomass designed by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is being taken to the US by General Electric for a power plant in California. GE, which had licensed the biomass gasifier technology that generates electricity from agro waste and wood from IISc, will help Phoenix Energy to set up power plants in the US. GE demonstrated a model at its tech event in Bengaluru over the weekend. “Technology transfers typically ... Read More »

Maharashtra, Punjab top producers of green energy from farm waste

According to reports, three years ago, when representatives from Sukhbir Agro approached farmers in Punjab proposing they sell their farm waste to the company to generate bio-energy, no one believed them. “They proposed to buy our waste… We didn’t believe them,” said Amolak Singh, a farmer. However, as the farmers slowly came around to the idea the green benefits of this move became apparent. Every November, farmers in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan burn their agricultural waste ... Read More »

UP to announce Biomass Energy Policy 2015

According to reports, Uttar Pradesh is targetting 1,000 megawatt (mw) of biomass energy under the new UP Biomass Energy Policy 2015, which is being finalised. The government is mulling providing 100% stamp duty on acquiring private land for setting up biomass power plant. If such plant is set up under a joint venture with state nodal agency UP New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (NEDA), the latter would provide land as its equity share. The draft policy is ready and ... Read More »

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