Removal of Barriers to Biomass Power Generation in India, Phase I

What is the Project About

What is the Project About
Photo: Ankur Scientific Pvt Ltd.

With support from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, the project aims to accelerate the use of environmentally sustainable biomass power and co generation technologies in the country and improve electricity supply through renewable energy sources.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What Have We Accomplished So Far
  • The project supported two categories of model investment projects (MIPs). In the first category, support is being provided to strengthen fuel linkages for existing biomass power projects. In the second category, support is being provided to new green field projects

  • Demonstrated stronger fuel linkages for biomass combustion through MIPs, for example:

    • Malwa Biomass Power Plant (MBPL), Muktsar, Punjab, a 7.5-MW biomass combustion based plant has employed close to 1,000 people from neighbouring villages in auxiliary activities such as in sourcing biomass through 25 biomass collection centres. They adopted a combination of fuels such as firewood, cotton stalk, wheat straw, dung cake and waste from saw mills
  • Demonstrated success in co-generation sugar mills, for example:

    • With support from the project, Pandurang SSK Ltd, Shreepur, Maharashtra, a 9-MW cooperative cogeneration biomass power plant has demonstrated successfully the use of sugarcane waste as support fuel
  • Demonstrated gasification of new projects MIP – new projects gasification

    • With support from MNRE and the project, a 1.2-MW biomass plant set up in Sankheda tehsil in Gujarat has successfully demonstrated the operation of small capacity plants in rural areas using locally available agricultural residue and biomass. Ankur Scientific Pvt. Ltd. has now entered into a power purchase agreement to supply power to the grid and wheel it to M/s Aditya Nuva (Aditya Birla Group)

    • As a result of the findings from a study commissioned, biomass power plants under capacity of 15 MW are now considered green projects, and are therefore exempt from environment impact assessments

    • The project supported the preparation of a biomass roadmap which envisages adding about 5,700 MW of biomass power by 2017, and a cumulative 20,000 MW by 2022

    • Knowledge sharing enabled through a quarterly magazine on biomass power technologies, policy and regulatory issues and best practices published since 2009

Funding Support by



Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility (GEF) US$ 5,650,000


Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Years

Year Amount
2013 US$ 258,530
2012 US$ 118,015
2011 US$ 359,856
2010 US$ -372,029
2009 US$ 367,566
2008 US$ 1,073,330
2008 US$ 594,870


In the News

Project Overview
Status:
Ongoing
Project Start Date:
2006
Estimated End Date:
2014
Geographic Coverage:
Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
Focus Area:
Energy and Environment
MDG:
Goal 7 - Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Project Officer:
S N Srinivas
Partners:
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
Highlights
  • Dependence on fossil fuels to meet growing energy needs of India is resulting in environmental degradation
  • In partnership with GEF, support was provided to strengthen fuel linkages for existing biomass power projects and to new green field projects
  • The project helped demonstrate stronger fuel linkages for biomass combustion through model investment projects
  • Demonstrated success in co-generation sugar mills, for example, Pandurang SSK Ltd, Shreepur has demonstrated successfully the use of sugarcane waste as support fuel
  • Demonstrated gasification of new projects- for example, a biomass plant set up in Sankheda in Gujarat has successfully demonstrated the operation of small capacity plants in rural areas