Removal of Barriers to Biomass Power Generation in India, Phase I

What is the Project About

What is the Project AboutPhoto: Ankur Scientific Pvt Ltd.

With support from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, funded by Global Environment Facility, the project aims to accelerate the use of environmentally sustainable biomass power and co generation technologies in the country and improve electricity supply through renewable energy sources.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What Have We Accomplished So Far
  • The project supported two categories of model investment projects (MIPs). In the first category, support is being provided to strengthen fuel linkages for existing biomass power projects. In the second category, support is being provided to new green field projects

  • Demonstrated stronger fuel linkages for biomass combustion through MIPs, for example:

    • Malwa Biomass Power Plant (MBPL), Muktsar, Punjab, a 7.5-MW biomass combustion based plant has employed close to 1,000 people from neighbouring villages in auxiliary activities such as in sourcing biomass through 25 biomass collection centres. They adopted a combination of fuels such as firewood, cotton stalk, wheat straw, dung cake and waste from saw mills
  • Demonstrated success in co-generation sugar mills, for example:

    • With support from the project, Pandurang SSK Ltd, Shreepur, Maharashtra, a 9-MW cooperative cogeneration biomass power plant has demonstrated successfully the use of sugarcane waste as support fuel
  • Demonstrated gasification of new projects MIP – new projects gasification

    • With support from MNRE and the project, a 1.2-MW biomass plant set up in Sankheda tehsil in Gujarat has successfully demonstrated the operation of small capacity plants in rural areas using locally available agricultural residue and biomass. Ankur Scientific Pvt. Ltd. has now entered into a power purchase agreement to supply power to the grid and wheel it to M/s Aditya Nuva (Aditya Birla Group)

    • As a result of the findings from a study commissioned, biomass power plants under capacity of 15 MW are now considered green projects, and are therefore exempt from environment impact assessments

    • The project supported the preparation of a biomass roadmap which envisages adding about 5,700 MW of biomass power by 2017, and a cumulative 20,000 MW by 2022

    • Knowledge sharing enabled through a quarterly magazine on biomass power technologies, policy and regulatory issues and best practices published since 2009

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
Global Environment Facility (GEF) US$ 5,650,000

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Years

Year Amount
2015 US$ 1,114,999.54
2014 US$ 351,931
2013 US$ 258,530
2012 US$ 118,015
2011 US$ 359,856
2010 US$ -372,029
2009 US$ 367,566
2008 US$ 1,073,330
2008 US$ 594,870



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