Category: Biomass

December 18, 2015

According to Group Director Aditya Agarwal, Emami Agrotech will expand its bio-diesel production capacity if the central government comes up with a clear policy on its usage. Agarwal said at present, the bio-diesel production capacity at the company’s Haldia plant is 300 tonnes a day (TPD) but it produces 100 TPD owing to lack of demand, adding that if required, the company would expand the capacity to 1,000 TPD. This expansion will happen at an investment of around Rs 400 crore to Rs 500 crore either at its Haldia plant in West Bengal or Krishnapatnam plant in Andhra Pradesh. He added that In Europe, it is mandatory that seven per cent bio-diesel to be mixed with diesel, while in India there was no such policy which was causing under-utilisation of capacity across the country.

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December 17, 2015

Chempolis, the Finland-based biorefining technology firm has partnered with Avantha Group’s research wing ACRID to offer technology to extract ethanol from agri residues. According to a joint statement, the partnership will help deliver biorefining technology to convert various agri residues such as bagasse, cane trash, rice and wheat straw, corn stems, grasses, bambo and clean sugar to be further converted to cellulosic ethanol and other biobased chemicals. Rajeev Vederah , Chairman, ACRID said that at present only a small percentage of ethanol blending ratio is reached due to lack of proper technologies and this partnership can help India achieve 10 per cent ethanol blending levels in petrol and 20 per cent blending ratio by 2017. Pasi Rousu, President (Asia Pacific and Americas), Chempolis Ltd, said, “India is today facing many challenges like air pollution, tremendous import of petroleum and underdeveloped countrysides. All these challenges can be turned into highly scalable sustainable (economic, environment and social) businesses.”

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December 14, 2015

Power generation capacity of 13,204 MW from non-conventional or clean sources like solar and wind has been added during the 12th Plan (2012-17) till October-end. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal said “As against a capacity addition target of 1,18,537 MW (including 88,537 MW conventional and 30,000 MW renewable) during the 12th Plan (2016-17), about 70,480 MW has been achieved from conventional sources till December 7, 2015 and about 13,204 MW from renewable sources till October 31, 2015.There is plan for) construction of 1,07,440 circuit kilometres (ckm) transmission lines and setting up of 2,82,740 megavolt ampere (MVA) transformation capacity during the 12th Plan. As against this, 76,490 km of transmission lines and 2,19,730 MVA of transformation capacity have been achieved till November, 2015.” The power projects under construction that are likely to be ready by 2019-end total around 86,363 MW capacity, comprising 72,326 MW from thermal, 9,737 MW from hydro and 4,300 MW from nuclear sources”. India has a very ambitious target of adding 175 GW of power generation capacity from renewable energy sources by 2022. The Minister added that there was a drop in the energy shortage from 8.5 per cent in 2011-12 to 2.4 per cent in 2015-16 (up to October 2015), the lowest ever. Furthermore, the peak shortage is down from 10.6 per cent in

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December 8, 2015

Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL and Nagaland BambooDevelopment Agency (NBDAhave signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for sourcing two lakh tonnes of semi-processed bamboo annually to implement a bio-refinery in Assam for producing bio-ethanol from available non-food bio-mass feedstock. NRL would be sourcing bamboo from Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh for the proposed project.

The MOU was signed by Agriculture Production Commissioner and Mission Director NBDA, Imkonglemba representing the state government and General Manager Marketing and business development, NRL, Golaghat in Assam, B Ekka in NBDA, Dimapur. NRL is collaborating with a Finland-based technology provider Ms Chempolis who has third generation technology to convert bamboo to ethanol in commercially viable basis, which was much ahead of other established technology providers for conversion of bamboo to ethanol.

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November 3, 2015

 The fuel supply contracts of steel and cement companies with Coal India Ltd (CIL) will not be discontinued for auction. This comes as a big relief to the companies as the government had earlier announced that all the coal supply agreements between Coal India and non-power firms will end on June next year.

A senior government official said the fuel supply agreements of companies in non-power sectors like steel and cement are not proposed to be ended prematurely. The government will wait for the contracts to end and then auction them. This is a change from the government’s earlier stance to discontinue the agreements and auction them afresh next year. 

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August 28, 2015

Uttar Pradesh is targetting 1,000 megawatt (mw) ofbiomass energy under the new UP Biomass EnergyPolicy 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 now NEDA is soliciting suggestions from experts and general public before the government implements it. The policy would be effective for the next 10 years and be subject to amendments. The dual purpose of the policy would be to meet a part of energy demand-supply gap in UP and to encourage renewable energy resources. Biomass fuel is derived from organic material. It is renewable and sustainable source of energy to generate power. Examples of materials that make up biomass fuel are scrap lumber, bagasse, cattle dung etc. Those eligible to set up biomass power plants under the policy includes government agencies, private comp

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November 27, 2014

Minister of State for Power,Coal and New and Renewable Energy,Piyush Goyal,said in the Lok Sabha that the blending of bioethanol into petrol by oil marketing companies (OMCs) is reported to have been 1.37 per cent for the year 2013-14,against the mandatory 5 per cent ethanol blending by October 2013.He said that no biodiesel has been procured by the OMCs for blending with diesel. The blending of ethanol would be increased progressively depending upon the availability of ethanol to reach the 5 per cent mandatory level.Goyal said for enhancing production of biofuels, “research and development is being supported for production of bioethanol from ligno-cellulosic biomass and for improving the yields of tree-borne oilseeds for production of bio-diesel”.The Minister said research and development in biofuels, especially the second and third generation biofuels is being supported mainly by the Department of Biotechnology, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.He said that a total of Rs 107.15 crore has been allocated for them during the 12th Plan period and the expenditure so far has been to the tune of Rs 67.14 crore.

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May 28, 2014
Micro-algae-based biofuel has the potential to quench a sizeable chunk of the world’s energy demands, scientists have stated. According to Utah State University mechanical engineering graduate student, Jeff Moody, micro-algae produces much higher yields of fuel-producing biomass than other traditional fuel feed-stocks and it doesn’t compete with food crops. “Our aim wasn’t to debunk existing literature, but to produce a more exhaustive, accurate and realistic assessment of the current global yield of micro-algae biomass and lipids,” Moody said.
 
Moody and colleagues- Chris McGinty and Jason Quinn leveraged a large-scale, outdoor micro-algae growth model. Using meteorological data from 4,388 global locations, the team determined the current global productivity potential of micro-algae, ‘Phys.org’ reported. “Our results were much more conservative than those found in the current literature. Even so, the numbers are impressive,” Quinn said.
 
Algae yields about 2,500 gallons of biofuel per acre per year. In contrast, soybeans yield approximately 48 gallons; corn about 18 gallons, researchers said. “In addition, soybeans and corn require

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May 24, 2014
The country’s largest domestic stainless steel producer- Jindal Stainless Ltd (JSL), in collaboration with the Energy and Resources Institute, has developed an environment- friendly maintenance-free gas stove, priced at Rs 3,200. “The stove, which is made up of mix of 200 and 300 series stainless steel, ensures high reduction in toxic emissions, during cooking and has longer life and better corrosion resistance in adverse village environment and at the same time, is economically affordable,” JSL said in a statement. 
 
It has been designed for efficient consumption of the calorific value of the input bio fuel, thereby reducing the cooking time, the company stated, adding this corrosion resistant, durable and maintenance-free gas stove is priced at Rs 3,200. The company said globally almost 2 million deaths a year are attributed to indoor air pollution from solid fuel use, as per UNDP and WHO data. “Over 60 per cent of households in India depend on biomass as fuel for cooking and our women and children get regularly exposed to the health risks arising from inhaling toxic fumes released during inefficient burning of biomass f

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May 22, 2014
Two research scholars from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) have been selected for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Fellowship award for doctoral research.The research project, proposed by P Karthikeyan of Department of Soil and Water Conservation Engineering in the university, will be jointly executed by TNAU and Joegeeth Plastics, Mysore and Coimbatore, in Public Private Partnership mode, with a fellowship of Rs six lakh per annum for four years, a TNAU release stated.While the quantum of plastics used in agriculture is increasing over a period, more than half of the plastics are disposed of by burning on-farm, with most of the remainder buried or dumped on-farm.Karthikeyan is attempting to develop an effective management system for the plastic waste products. 
 
R Preethadevi of Department of Bioenergy, will attempt to work on “design and development of tar and particulate system in biomass gasifier”, in collaboration with Grace Bioenergy Ltd, the release added.The objective of the study is to remove the tar and dust particles from producer gas, which is obtained from the biomass gasifier, in order to improve the overall effic
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