MoP to set up national mission on use of biomass in TPPs

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has decided to set up a “National Mission on Use of Biomass in Coal-based Thermal Power Plants” (TPPs) to help solve the problem of air pollution due to farm stubble burning and to reduce the carbon footprint of TPPs.

The main objectives of the mission are to increase the level of co-firing from present 5 per cent in order to have a larger share of carbon neutral power generation from the TPPs; to take up research and development activities in boiler design to handle the higher amount of silica, alkalis in the biomass pellets; to facilitate removing the constraints in supply chain of biomass pellets and agro-residue and its transport to the TPPs; to consider regulatory issues in biomass co-firing. The modalities of operation and structure of the Nation Mission are under finalisation. The duration of the proposed mission would be a minimum of 5 years.