Power secretary reviews status of biomass utilisation in TPPs under SAMARTH

The union power secretary has reviewed the status of biomass co-firing and progress of the actions being taken to promote the co-firing in the thermal power plants (TPPs) under Sustainable Agrarian Mission on use of Agro Residue in Thermal Power Plants (SAMARTH), i.e.,the national mission on use of biomass in coal based TPPs.

In order to reduce stubble burning and carbon footprint of TPPs, while increasing the income of farmers, the Government of India has established the mission. The agro-residue/biomass which was earlier considered as a waste product has now begun to produce zero-carbon electricity.Farmers are getting additional income by selling the stubble or biomass for conversion into torrefied/non-torrefied biomass pellets. Until now, about 59,000 metric tonnes (mt)of biomass has been cofired in TPPs in the country, while tenders for 12 million mt(mmt) are at different stages of process for short term andlong-term duration. Out of this, the biomass co-fired in the NCR region stands at 21,000 mt and tenders floated in the region are about 5.50 mmt. Contract have already been awarded for more than 1.1 mmt of biomass pellets.


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