Tata Power commissions compact biogas plant in Khopoli, Maharashtra
Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013
Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility, has continuously demonstrated strong commitment to environment through its various green efforts. In another such initiative, Tata Power’s hydro team at Khopoli has successfully commissioned a unique compact biogas plant in the residential colony, which uses waste food rather than dung/manure as feedstock to supply biogas for cooking.
The impending scarcity of petroleum threatens the world’s fuel supply. A compact biogas system that uses starchy or sugary feedstock such as waste grain flour, spoilt grain, overripe or misshapen fruit, non-edible seeds, fruits and rhizomes, green leaves, kitchen waste, leftover food, etc helps fight this threat of fuel scarcity. Just 2kg of such feedstock produces about 500gm of methane, and the reaction is completed within 24 hours.
Speaking on the initiative, Mahesh Paranjpe, head, Hydro Stations, Tata Power, said, “We at Tata Power are always committed to the environment and continuously explore opportunities to materialise our ideas for going green.”
The Khopoli colony waste is segregated into dry and wet organic waste. All this segregated wet waste is put as feed to biogas plant. The present capacity of the biogas plant is 100kg waste feed per day. The plant is sufficiently compact to be used by urban households. This can and will be replicated in all other residential colonies of Tata Power to achieve more savings in consumption of LPG.