Power Engineering Energy Generation From Solid Waste

Editor: Dominik Stephan

To satisfy its ever–growing hunger for energy India has started projects for energy generation from solid waste and residues: Since May 2012 24 million kWh have been generated at new power plant.

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India taps into the energy generation from solid wastes.
India taps into the energy generation from solid wastes.
(Picture: Wikimedia Commons)

New Delhi/India – The Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah, informed that the 16 megawatt project installed at Okhla, New Delhi, is the only project in operation in the country for generation of power from garbage / municipal solid waste. This project, commissioned in May, 2012, has so far generated about 24 million units (kWh) of electricity. During last three years and the current year, financial assistance of Rs 50 million (nearly US $ 1 million) has been given for an under construction project for power generation from municipal solid waste in the State of Karnataka.

The Minister further said that projects on energy from Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) are being taken up by the Municipal Corporations in public private partnership mode by tying up with selected private companies.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing a programme for setting up of five new projects on energy recovery from MSW. The programme provides for capital subsidy of Rs. 2 crore per megawatt with upper limit of Rs. 100 million (1.8 million US $) per project. Benefits for Customs and Excise Duty concessions are also provided for projects based on MSW. Project developers are also taking initiatives for getting carbon credits for such projects.