Interesting piece in Times of India on potential growth of Biomass in northern state of Haryana, which has been plagued by power shortages.
Says: “With thermal power projects shut down due to technical reasons and inadequate coal supply, independent power producers are taking up biomass power projects mainly based on waste of agriculture and distillery.
“The state government has lately signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with four private players for setting up of five biomass power projects of 51 MW capacity with an investment of Rs 230 crore.
Out of these, two projects are likely to be soon commissioned. Haryana known for wheat, paddy, mustard and cotton generate 8.4 million tonnes of biomass annually.
“A study by Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) puts the power generation from paddy waste at 612 MW while wheat straws could generate around 157 MW of power.
“The agriculture residue from mustard could generate 130 mw while biomass from cotton and bajra has potential to generate around 53 MW and 59 MW in the state.
“The overall power potential from biomass is estimated at 1000 MW,” an official of Haryana Renewable Energy Department said.