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About 15% of the world’s population lives in India. At current growth rates, India is expected to become one of the most populous countries in the world by 2030. Yet, hundreds of millions of people still live in the most basic conditions. Energy is the backbone of economic growth, making the fight against poverty in India inextricably intertwined with access to energy.

Utilising Local Energy Potentials

Located at a small industrial plant producing craft paper, this project turns abundantly available rice husk into a sustainable energy resource.

Unlike some other biomass types, there is no conflicting use for rice husks as most of the time it is simply left to decay in the fields.

Giving a value to rice husk, the project also creates a much needed new income source for rice farmers.

Prior to the implementation of the project the plant used diesel to generate electricity and coal to meet the demand for process steam. This system was replaced with a cogeneration unit consisting of a rice husk red boiler coupled with a 2.25 megawatt turbine to generate electricity.

Using a locally available energy resource, this project leads the way for sustainable economic growth in rural areas.

Technology Brief— How It Works

Biomass refers to organic matter such as wood, organic waste, or alcohol fuels.

While biomass may be grown for the specific purpose of generating electricity or heat, in the case of this project it comes from an existing by-product.

During combustion, biomass releases carbon equivalent to the amount that had been sequestered during its lifespan as a plant.

As long as the extraction of biomass is less than the annual growth of the plant from which it is derived, biomass can be considered to be a carbon neutral fuel.

An estimated saving of 3,300,000 tonnes of CO2e over the project’s lifetime.

Sustainable Benefits

Creating jobs in the construction, maintenance, and operation of the plant as well as in the rice husk logistics.

Promoting investment in renewable energy.

Creating additional income for farmers from agricultural waste.

Demonstrating and promulgating energy efficient technology.

Improving local air quality.

Aiding India in meeting its renewable energy targets.

Demonstrating and spreading renewable energy technology.