Category: Waste to Energy

January 5, 2016

The Delhi government is mulling to convert the coal-based Rajghat Power House into a waste-to-energy plant.The proposal comes at a time when the Union Ministry of Power has prepared a cabinet note for amending the Electricity Act, 2003, for inclusion of buying power generated from municipal solid wastes.The thermal power plant at Rajghat, which is operated by Delhi government’s Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited (IPGCL), has been shut for over eight months now, not only because it is a major source of pollution in the city but also because discoms have stopped buying electricity from it. Sources in the power department have indicated that the Aam Aadmi Party government has been juggling with the fate of the power house which ironically, is just a few metres away from the Delhi Secretariat.According to a senior govt.official, “The idea initially was to convert it into a solar power plant. But, since the defunct Indraprastha power house has already been planned for turning it into a ground-based solar power system, we are looking for alternatives for Rajghat plant. The proposal of converting it into a waste-to-energy plant was floated in a According to Delhi’s Power Minister Satyendar Jain, “Delhi need more waste to energy plants as the generation of municipal solid waste is only increasing with each passing year. So, the idea is feasibl

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January 3, 2016

According to a government official, the government is set to make it mandatory for power distribution companies to buy 100% of electricity generated from municipal solid waste.The power ministry has finalised a cabinet note to amend the electricity act 2003 and incorporate this provision among others. The official said that the proposal will come up for cabinet approval shortly. The act as of now provides for purchase of electricity from only two renewable energy sources — wind and solar.India generates 24 MW (mega watts) of power from municipal waste which includes household and commercial garbage and construction debris at four waste-to-energy plants with a capacity of 41 MW. The plants have the potential to generate 500 MW.The Centre has already committed a 20% grant for solid waste management projects under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The move mandating discoms to purchase 100% power will incentivise more developers to set up such plants.”

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January 1, 2016

Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has prepared a detailed project report (DPR) to set up waste-to-energy plants in city. The plants will get funding from Swachh Bharat Mission.IMC commissioner Manish Singh said Central government will provide Rs 24 crore to municipal bodies, with population over 10 lakh, for establishing waste-to-energy plant in their cities.Singh said “We will soon float tenders for the project and required subsidies would be provided to contractors.” He said that Central government, in its new notification, has made it mandatory that the power generated through waste will be purchased by electricity discoms.The government has notified that the tariff for 2015-16 is fixed at Rs 7.04 per unit of electricity produced by municipal solid waste based waste-to-energy plants.Additional commissioner Rohan Saxena said the corporation has proposed an 11.5 MW waste-to-energy plant at Devguradia trenching plant.Saxena added “We will be able to treat over 1000 metric tonnes of waste on a regular basis once the plant is set up, this will also help us dispose off waste.”The corporation will also float tenders for a 40 tonne Biomethanation plant, which will be set-up in Choithram vegetable market for production of methane and other gases.IMC consultant for the project, Asad Warsi, said that organic waste from the market would be collected at o

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December 26, 2015

The Chennai corporation has decided to set up bio-methanation plants to treat waste from three slaughterhouses in the city to generate power and organic manure . Every day, abattoirs in Villivakkam and Saidapet generate half a tonne of waste each, while the one at Perambur generates 8 tonnes. According to a senior corporation official, “We plan to have a plant at Perambur where all animal waste will be processed. The corporation has sought the help of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) to set up the plants. Similar plants in other parts of the country , including at Kolhapur and Deonar in Maharashtra, process, except feathers, bones, meat and blood. The decision came after a PIL was filed stating that meat was being kept in the open, and blood, skin and other byproducts were not hygienically disposed of in Perambur posing a health hazard to residents. BARC is also constructing new biogas plants in Otteri, Anna Nagar and Ambattur. Trials are being carried out in the Otteri plant and work in the other two is on. The city currently has a biogas plant in Pulianthope to treat biodegradable waste. One tonne of this treated waste is expected to produce 100kg of organic manure or 100 units of electricity.

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December 18, 2015

The Kerala government will set up the state’s first petroleum coke(petcoke)-based power plant using the fuel produced from BPCLKochi Refinery’s integrated refinery expansion project (IREP). Petcoke is a high calorific value solid fuel and is extensively used for power generation in various countries. The IREP, which is expected to be completed by May 2016, will yield approximately 1.4 million tonnes of petcoke. This can be used to produce around 500-600 mw of power.. INKEL, Kerala’s PPP model infrastructure development company, prepared the feasibility study of the project in March 2014. The state government has approved the proposal in principle. The project is bolstered by many favorable factors; including assured fuel supply from the BPCL refinery with negligible transportation cost; adequate water source; pollution-free, eco-friendly, advanced technology; and excellent connectivity. The land identified for the project is 150 acres of Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT) at Irimpanam, adjacent to the BPCL expansion project. It will be acquired by Kerala State Industrial .. Development Corporation (KSIDC) for the implementation of the power plant.

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November 3, 2015

The western region bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) here has directed the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to submit short-term and long-term action plans for disposal of nearly 1,600 metric tonne of garbage generated daily in the city. These plans will be discussed at a joint meeting called by the tribunal on November 16 with PMC officials, the divisional commissioner, district collector and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) member secretary. The NGT has also summoned the state urban development secretary or his representative for the meeting.
 

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October 27, 2015

The health wing of City Corporation, in a clear move to distance itself from Clean Kerala Company, has engaged two private parties for collection of e-waste and plastic waste from the city. The decision has also nullified possibilities for realizing the proposed steps finalized during the last meeting held between Clean Kerala Company and the civic body. As per the meeting, the corporation had verbally agreed to set up a segregation centre at Muttathara where plastic would be segregated so that Clean Kerala Company could hand over it to a firm.
 

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October 25, 2015

The civic body is working towards ensuring zero waste dumping by abattoirs, fish markets and poultry farms in the city by scientifically processing leftovers from these areas into producing energy or bio-products, officials said. As per the plan, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) wants to ensure that the nearly 20 tonnes of waste, including meat and bones, generated daily will be used to generate power and bio-products.

The leftovers from these spots will be collected by the TMC and scientifically processed later. Procedures, including bio-methanisation, incineration, anaerobic composting, among others, have been suggested by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). The TMC will provide adequate infrastructure, including land, water and power free for 10 years to the contractor. The civic body will also provide a minimum of 20 tonnes of waste daily to the contractor who will have to bear the expense of setting up the system.

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October 22, 2015

The 23-crore sewage treatment plant at Sannidhanam will be inaugurated at a function here on November 10. Talking to Express, Sabarimala high-powered committee on infrastructure development and former chief secretary K Jayakumar said that the Chief Minister would dedicate the plant to the pilgrims. Devaswom Minister V S Sivakumar will preside over the function. Travancore Devaswom Board president M P Govindan Nair will deliver the keynote address. TDB members Subhash Vasu and P K Kumaran, Devaswom secretary Jyothilal and Devaswom commissioner C P Ramaraja Prema Prasad will offer felicitations.

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October 21, 2015

National Green Tribunal (NGT), western zone bench, has cleared Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC’s) municipal solid waste (MSW) to electricity project, thereby paving the way for its execution. NMC had earlier appointed Hanjer, which failed to execute it properly. On directives of NGT, it then appointed Essel Infrastructure, whose rates were high. Hence, NMC decided to get green signal from the Tribunal. The hearing on the project was held on Thursday. The bench of justice VR Kingaonkar and AA Deshpande stated in the order that in case there was any objection raised by any other party, it would be considered but NMC should treat as an obstacle as the project has already got delayed. The bench also directed Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to monitor the project.

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