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Kolhapur Municipal Corporation to commission biogas plant next week

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The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) is going to commission the biogas based power plant at Puikhadi next week.

The success of the plant will help civic authorities propose other such plants for every four to five wards and address solid waste concerns effectively.

The plant built at Puikhadi will generate power by using biogas generated through fresh waste. The total capacity of the plant is 5 tonnes per day and the total power generation capacity is around 450 to 500 KWH units per day. The energy generated will help KMC light around 200 to 250 street lights.

Vijay Patil, chief sanitation inspector of KMC said, "We had proposed the plant on pilot basis. Its success will determine KMC's potential to address concerns related to garbage."

He added, "We are going to provide 5 tonnes of fresh waste, generated from nearby areas of ward A, to generate biogas. Power generators installed in the plant will help produce electricity from biogas. The generators will be connected to the main feeders."

Patil said, "We are going to save money spent on electricity bills. We are also going to generate money by selling the waste generated in the plant, which can be used as good quality manure in farms and gardens."

KMC has hired a Pune based firm to operate and maintain the plant for the next five years. The firm has also been selected for setting up another biogas based power generation plant at Isolation Hospital area. KMC has already started the process of identifying the plot for setting up the plant there.

The plant at Puikhadi will generate around 400 kg of manure every day and the biogas generated will be around 350 cubic meter per day.

The KMC has spent over Rs 88 lakh to set up the plant at Puikhadi. The funds were generated through the Centre's Swachh Bharat Mission.

The decentralisation of waste processing will help reduce the burden on limited number of landfill sites available in the city.

Patil said that "We are going to plan setting up larger biogas plants with a capacity of upto 30 tonnes per day. The technology for the plant has been provided by Mumbai based Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC)".

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  • News Section: Bio Energy News
  • Month: September
  • Year: 2017
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