“Both can be used for power generation. We just need to address the challenges to optimally leverage this process,” Mr Singh said at an industry event, organized by the state-run Power major NTPC in Noida (UP).
The two- day conference on “Agro residue and municipal solid waste to power: Challenges and way ahead for India” is being attended by a large number of stake-holders from different sectors.
Mr Singh said collection, segregation and transportation of agro-waste is a challenging task and the process for it has to be streamlined to derive maximum output. “It also needs a policy framework,” he said.
“Our long term social objective is that of a healthier planet and there are costs attached to attain this objective. Our intent is to design policies so that our long term social goals are met for clean India” the Power minister said.
Lauding the efforts of the NTPC management in curbing air pollution with its novel approach to produce power from agro waste, Mr Singh said smog in and around the national Capital due to the burning of agro wastes by the farmers post harvesting, has been a serious issue which was being tackled by the NTPC much to the relief of common people residing in the region.
Open burning of biomass has been identified as one of the major causes of poor air quality in northern India, especially in and around Delhi.
In an effort to curb air pollution, the power major had invited tender for procurement of agro residue based biomass pellets. NTPC has been successful in obtaining the commitment for receiving approximately 200 metric tonnes per day of agro residue based fuel at its Dadri plant. It will generate 150 MU of renewable electricity annually from the agro wastes.
Power Secretary AK Bhalla and NTPC CMD Gurdeep Singh also addressed the conference during the inaugural session.