New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Minister of Non-Conventional Energy Sources Vilas Muttemwar Wednesday urged the Indian industry to tap waste-to-energy technologies to generate electricity and help address the challenge of waste disposal.
'There is potential for power generation of about 15,000 MW through co-generation in various core industries including pulp and paper industry, breweries, textile mills, rice mills and solvent extraction units,' Muttemwar said at an industry meet.
Stressing the need for making the industry self-dependent for power, Muttemwar said the waste-to-energy projects have great relevance in the paper and pulp sector, which is an energy intensive and highly polluting sector.
Compared to average fuel consumption per unit output by various industries in India, the pulp and paper sector consumes twice the amount of fuel.
'The paper industry is eminently suited for power co-generation as 75-85 percent of energy is required for process heat and 15-25 percent as electrical power,' he pointed out.
'The large quantity of wastewater generated in pulp and paper industry can be used for generating biogas through bio-methanation of the effluents, which in turn can be utilised for production of thermal energy electricity.'
Releasing the National Master Plan (NMP) for Development of Waste-to-Energy prepared by the ministry of non-conventional energy sources under an UNDP/ Global Environment Facility (GEF) assisted project, Muttemwar said financial assistance is being extended to encourage setting up of such projects.
The NMP is expected to serve as a framework for waste-to-energy programme for the country by covering all the waste streams from urban and industrial sector.
It aims to catalyse additional decentralised power generation capacity through projects for energy recovery from urban and industrial wastes in a cost-effective manner by deployment of technologies that are suitable to the Indian conditions.