Biomass Energy Sector in India

Panchabuta-Renewable Energy & Cleantech in India

According to reports, Biomass power producers are in a quandary with input costs, operations and maintenance costs growing and tariff structure remaining stagnant, thereby making many projects across the country financially unviable.

The representative body of biomass producers, the Indian Biomass Power Association has written a letter to the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah, seeking his attention and intervention in addressing their concerns.

Nearly half of the installed capacity of 1,100 MW across several States is lying idle and there is demand-supply mismatch, according to Mr D. Radhakrishna, Secretary-General of IBPA.

Representatives of the association and biomass producers told Business Line that the situation needs to be addressed immediately as the recent requests made to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) have not been successful.

The producers use a wide range of agriculture waste such as rice and coconut husk and forest waste as…

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Rice Husk Power Heralding Change in India

Stephanie Hanson

Originally published in ecomagination:

In Bihar, one of the poorest states in India, 85 percent of people are not connected to the electricity grid. Households use kerosene lamps when they can afford it, and businesses use expensive and dirty diesel generators.

Some view this “energy poverty” as a development problem. Others view it as an environmental problem. The founders of Bihar-based Husk Power Systems view it as an opportunity to build a social enterprise.

The company realized that one waste product in Bihar—rice husks—could be used to power a small biomass gasifier. Along with rice husks, they also use mustard stems, corncobs, grasses, and other agricultural residue. After five months of R&D, they developed a system that could produce 32 kilowatts of power by burning 50 kilograms of rice husk per hour. In the last four years, they’ve installed over 80 biomass mini-plants across Bihar, bringing power to more…

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