SAMARTH & NTPC organize a workshop on the use of biomass in thermal power plants
A one-day workshop on the ex-situ use of agricultural waste for co-combustion in thermal power plants was held today in Chandigarh following a partnership between the National Mission on the Use of biomass in thermal power plants (SAMARTH) and the National Thermal Energy Company.
Government, Ministries, CAQM, MoEFCC, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, MNRE, Department of Environment and Climate Change-Punjab, Department of Energy-Punjab, Department of Agriculture-Punjab , Department of Science and Technology-Punjab, Department of Environment and Climate Change-Haryana, Ministry of Agriculture-Haryana, Ministry of Energy-Haryana, SAMARTH Mission, NTPC Ltd, all GENCOs in the region NCR, financial institutions, pellet manufacturers, contractors, industry associations, OEMs, agricultural universities, KVK, FPO, CBBOs and farmer organizations participated in the workshop.
The objectives of the one-day workshop were to encourage and facilitate the ex-situ exploitation of agricultural waste in a variety of applications, with particular emphasis on creating an ecosystem for the collection, distribution , production and co-combustion of biomass in thermal power plants. The workshop was planned in a high potential region to discuss with interested parties how to address the issues that prevent the expansion of biomass aggregation and pellet production.
The Mission Director of the National Mission on Utilization of Biomass in Thermal Power Plants, Shri Sudip Nag (Executive Director, NTPC Ltd.), opened the workshop with a welcoming statement highlighting the importance of biomass in the achievement of India’s energy security. The potential of biomass was highlighted by Shri Ramesh Babu, Director (Operations), NTPC Ltd., as an underutilized resource, additional source of income, high demand industry and supportive government policies. NTPC has taken a number of steps to use biomass in TPPs, and it said 14 of its plants have already started co-firing; to date, around 77,000 tonnes of biomass have been co-fuelled.
Dr. MM Kutty, President of CAQM, spoke about the pressing problem of air pollution, especially in the NCR region, and its difficulties. He provided information on various applications of biomass, the national crop residue management policy, the central agricultural mechanization scheme, the policy for the use of biomass for the production of electricity by co-combustion in power plants and also provided advice on how the agricultural sector can scale up and help control pollution by converting waste stubble into wealth using science and technology solutions.
Nine exhibition booths were also set up in the workshop space to showcase various technical and financial aspects by business owners, banking institutions, original equipment manufacturers and the SAMARTH Mission. All senior officials present at the session expressed their appreciation for the exhibition stands.
The Workshop on Ex Situ Utilization of Agricultural Residues in Thermal Power Plants was one of the largest bioenergy conferences with over 250 registered participants from Government, Ministries, CAQM, MoEFCC, MoA&FW, MNRE, senior officials from Punjab and Haryana, NTPC Ltd. , all NCR region GENCOs, Financial Institutions, Pellet Manufacturers, Contractors, Industry Associations, OEMs, Agricultural Universities, KVKs, FPOs, CBs Many businesses, aspiring business owners and farmers attended the workshop to discover and explore new business options.
The workshop not only addressed the problem of stubble burning, but also provided a perfect forum for all parties involved to exchange information and expertise for the profitable use of agricultural waste.
First published: July 14, 2022, 07:42 IST