New biomass boiler installed in Kurukshetra

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A new biomass boiler has been installed in 2022 in Kurukshetra, Haryana. The 75 tph, 15 MWe boiler by Sukhbir Agro Energy Limited (SAEL) is using vibrating grate technology developed in Denmark. However, the source does neither comment on the technology provider, nor does it provide the exact time of the commissioning.

As reported in the source, SAEL has a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited.

Instead of being turned into pellets or briquettes, the agro residue is to be converted into bales once the material is received from the farmers. Before being incinerated at the biomass plant, the feedstock is subjected to a bale string cutter and dosing screw. This has to be done to cut the string tying the bales, as well as mixing the bales in order to reduce its size.

As further reported, the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is funding Biomass to Power projects running on biomass, such as bagasse, agro-based industrial residue, crop residues, weeds, wood from energy plantations, and wood waste from industrial operations. According to the MNRE, around 2.6% of India’s electricity demand is met by biomass.

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