Centre sets target of 7,000 mw power from urban waste

New Delhi, May 17 | Updated: May 18 2006, 05:30am hrs
The government has set a target of 15,000 mw power cogeneration in core industries. It has also planned 7,000 mw power cogeneration from urban wastes by 2017.

Union minister for non-conventional energy sources Vilas Muttemwar after releasing a booklet on Green Energy from Wastes and a newsletter Industrial Co-generation India in Capital on Wednesday informed that there is a tremendous potential for generation of power from co-generation in various core industries and from the huge quantities of wastes caused by rapid urbanisation and industrialisation.

The industries like sugar, fertilisers, distilleries, paper and pulp, rice mills have the potential to produce 15,000 mw through co-generation while industrial and urban wastes could generate about 2,700 mw which would increase to 7,000 mw by 2017, he said.

The project on Development of High Rate Biomethanation Processes, as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was implemented by the ministry, with partial financial support from United Nations Development Programme, and Global Environment Facility. As part of this project 14 full-scale demonstration projects from variety of wastes have been set up in the country.

The 14 demonstration projects covered state-of-the-art biomethanation technologies for treatment of wastes from leather industry, slaughter houses, pulp and paper mills, vegetable markets, sewage and animal wastes.

Their implementation has helped in indigenisation of know-how for application of biomethanation technologies. both in terms of hard ware and human resource development.