Category: Biomass

May 12, 2014
Monitoring and reducing man-made pollution by improving sanitation infrastructure for the fisheries sector in River Sal is necessary to ensure sustainable development of both marine bio-diversity and human economic development, a three-member technical team has suggested.The team, which studied the mass mortality of ’tisreo’ (clams) in Sal, has suggested various measures to protect marine resources and livelihoods of hundreds of fishermen and other stakeholders. Depletion of oxygen levels triggered by pollutants caused the marine disaster.
 
“A few measures have to be initiated as this menace is likely to continue unless the authorities vigilantly monitor and reduce the man-made pollution,” Mahesh Prabhu, an environmental engineer specializing in water treatment, said.The team has suggested that the government should regulate the trawler activities, sewage discharge, garbage dumping and uncontrolled growth of settlements around River Sal.“Without proper hygiene and sanitation facilities on the river bank it would not be possible to ensure holistic and sustainable development,” Joe D Souza, a former head of microbiology department, Goa Universi

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May 8, 2014
Delhi is the most polluted city in the world, when it comes to air quality, according to a WHO study released on Wednesday. The national Capital has the highest concentration of PM2.5 — particulate matters less than 2.5 microns– form of air pollution, which is considered most serious. This form of concentration consists of tiny particles that puts people at additional risk of respiratory diseases and other health problems, the WHO said.Reacting to the report, Anumita Roy Chowdhury of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said the new WHO data base only confirms the health concerns in India. “According to global burden of disease estimates, air pollution is the fifth largest killer in India. Tiny particles (PM10 and PM2.5) go deep inside our lungs and trigger respiratory and cardiac problems as well as lung cancer,” she said.WHO said that in most cities where there is enough data to compare the situation today with previous years, air pollution is getting worse. “Many factors contribute to this increase, including reliance on fossil fuels such as coal fired power plants, dependence on private transport motor vehicles, inefficient use of energy in buildings.  Use of biomass for cooking and heating has caused this to maximum,” it said.
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May 2, 2014
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, in partnership with United Nations Development Program/Global Environment Facility (UNDP/GEF), is implementing a project titled ‘Removal of Barriers to Biomass Power Generation in India.’ The objective of the project is to accelerate the adoption of environmentally sustainable biomass power technologies, by removing the barriers identified, thereby laying the foundation for large-scale commercialization of biomass power, through increased access to financing. The global development objective of the project is to improve electricity supply, using renewable energy sources, without increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The project seeks to promote combustion, gasification and cogeneration technologies, and focus on grid-

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April 30, 2014
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a legislative hearing on the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2014,known as S.2132.The Committee will hear testimony from Tracey LeBeau, director for the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.The bill will give Indian tribes more tools to develop their energy resources and to remove unnecessary barriers to economic development.The bill addresses other aspects of Indian tribal energy development, including a “biomass demonstration project” for biomass energy production from Indian forest lands, rangelands and other Federal lands, in accordance with program requirements developed by the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture after consultation with Indian tribes. This amendment would facilitate the development of tribal biomass projects by providing them with more reliable and potentially long-term supplies of woody biomass materials.
 
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April 29, 2014
The 18 MW/h combustion steam power plant is fully operational and located approximately 25 miles east of Chennai, India. The plant was upgraded from 12MW/h to 18MW/h in 2008 with the installation of a new HTC combustion turbine and generator.The power plant is a turnkey, fully operational facility that has existing supply contracts for biomass, as well as clients for the purchase of electricity under short term power purchase agreements. For the running of the current capacity, the plant is strategically located to gain all the required raw materials from within a distance of 100-150 km radius. The power plant is well connected with all major surrounding districts, with the TNEB sub-station located at a distance of 2 kms. Further, the region has good water source from Palar River Basin, which is located at about 1.5 km distance.Clenergen India has identified 3,600 acres of land to sub lease within close proximity to the site, in order to cultivate its own source of biomass feedstock, which will significantly reduce the operating costs and increase profitability by as much as 30%. The power plant is currently selling peak power at US 17 cents per KW/h and regular power at US 13 cents per KW/h average to companies in the region, with projected profits of US$ 3 million
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April 29, 2014
SesaSterlite’s biogas plant started full operation from April 27 and has a capacity to process three tons of waste materials daily.The SesaSterlite has established an eco-friendly bio-gas unit within its alumina refinery complex at Lanjigarh in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, at a cost of Rs 60 lakh.The plant attained operationalization on Sunday and has a capacity to process three tons of waste materials daily.The plant was on a trial run for the past three months and was found to be functioning effectively.
 
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April 28, 2014
The biofuel industry supports more than 16,000 jobs in Kansas and about US$ 4.1 billion in economic activity, according to a study released by an organization that supports the use of alternative fuels.The report, released by Fuels America, defines biofuel as including corn-based ethanol, cellulosic ethanol made from plant waste like corn stalks and other forms of plant-based additives for conventional diesel and gasoline. Fuels America is a coalition of organizations supporting policies that grow the biofuel industry, including maintaining or raising the Renewable Fuel Standard.The study estimated 5,441 jobs are directly involved in the renewable fuel industry in Kansas, with more than 80 percent of them in agriculture and the rest in manufacturing, retail and wholesaling. Those jobs pay about US$ 469 million in wages in Kansas, according to the study.
 
Another 7,267 Kansas jobs were estimated to be involved with suppliers for the biofuel industry, with the remaining 3,912 coming from “induced” jobs when people employed in direct and supplier jobs buy goods and services. The two categories paid about $555 million in wages, according to the study.

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April 28, 2014
A bill that will benefit Iowa’s biodiesel industry, farmers and economy is on its way to the governor, with the State’s legislature already having passed the Biodiesel Production Credit Bill.The Senate, unanimously, approved the bill, 48-0, on April 24. The House passed it by a 95-2 vote a day earlier. Lawmakers extended the State’s biodiesel tax credit of 2 cents per gallon on the first 25 million gallons of biodiesel produced in any single plant. The incentive was set to expire at the end of the year, but now goes through 2017.Iowa Biodiesel Board Director said the strong support shows how important biofuels are to the State and the economy. A recent study shows biodiesel production supported more than 7,000 full-time jobs in the State last year and contributed US$ 520 million to Iowa’s gross domestic product.“Legislators have demonstrated foresight in supporting one of the most powerful economic drivers that Iowa has, biofuels,” Kimberley stated, adding “Not only will this biodiesel policy benefit Iowa’s economy and lead to a rural renaissance, but it also props up our nation’s energy security.”Iowa leads the nation in biodiesel pro
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April 25, 2014

In some positive news,producing energy from municipal waste and biomass is catching up among some of the State governments and local bodies in India.While Punjab has a bio-mass energy project coming up in Chandigarh to encourage use of green energy;Kochi down south will soon get a waste to energy plant.However,producing energy from renewable sources like biomass and waste remains a tall order in the wake of high costs of generation.

The importance of alternative sources of energy cannot be over emphasized.  Not only are fossil fuels limited, burning of fossil fuel produces harmful greenhouse gases.  It is believed that increase in greenhouse gases is the major cause of global warming.  Further, rapid changes in temperature will have extreme effects on ecosystems and natural processes such as wind patterns.

Renewable energy is derived from various natural processes, such as the Sun’s electromagnetic radiation, tides or heat generation within the Earth.   Currently utilized alternative energy sources are Sunlight (the solar photon flux can be converted to heat, electricity or chemical energy); Wind (the motion of air molecules can be harvested in wind turbines that spin the shaft of electric generators or in windmills); Biomass (organic materials can be used for cooking and heating, as well as to produce elect

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April 24, 2014
A Karnataka-based musical and academic educational trust has tied up with SELCO India to implement its award-winning sustainability project.KalkeriSangeetVidyalaya (KSV) was granted US$ 100,000 at the 2014 Zayed Future Energy Prize award ceremony for its student-led project to become self-sustainable using energy efficiency, solar technology and bio-gas energy.The school has partnered with SELCO India, the 2014 Small and Medium Enterprises finalist, that uses renewable energy for alleviating poverty, to build a solar powered ‘green amphitheater’, as a means to enhance its music and dance-focused curriculum.SELCO will also install a solar powered mini-grid to power the school’s classrooms and hostel facilities. KSV has commissioned SELCO to undertake an energy audit prior to the solar installations, with a second energy audit planned post-installation to compare savings.
 
The winners and finalists of the Prize were announced during the 2014 Zayed Future Energy Prize earlier this year as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).“Winning the Zayed Future Energy Prize has given us the funding we so u

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