Energy

POWER FROM BIOMASS

Punjab Renewable Energy Systems

responsAbility has been working with Mumbai-based biomass energy supply chain company Punjab Renewable Energy Systems (PRES) since 2012. Here we see how PRES is helping to address the energy supply gap in India.

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India is seeing a dramatic rise in energy needs. While coal accounts for 71% of energy production, renewables are gaining ground and could contribute 14% of India’s energy production in the future. Biomass is one source of renewable energy production and PRES is ensuring a functioning supply chain.

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India produces 120-150 million tonnes of surplus biomass each year but a lack of supply chains means more than 90% of this potential fuel source is left unused. This is where PRES comes in. It collects organic matter left over after harvest, for example, from the cotton fields in Aurangabad.

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PRES supplies teams of labourers and the necessary machinery to collect biomass through a network of village level entrepreneurs (VLEs). It is then delivered to power stations and manufacturing companies to be burned as an alternative to fossil fuels.

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As a result of their work, the VLEs receive an additional monthly income of around USD 660 and the farmers benefit from their fields being cleared of unwanted plant remains after the harvest.

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One company that benefits from regular deliveries of PRES biomass is the power plant operator Shendra Green Energy Ltd in Aurangabad. It produces 13 MW/h of electricity each year, which is then fed into the national grid.

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One of the greatest challenges facing Shendra Green Energy is the sourcing of sufficient quantities of high-quality biomass. The service offered by PRES represents the ideal solution and Shendra Green Energy has now signed a multi-year contract with PRES.

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As well as supplying power stations, PRES delivers biomass to manufacturing companies which have their own generators to bridge the gaps in the energy supply. Manufacturers are also starting to recognise the cost benefits of switching to biomass.

Perspectives 2015/2016

You can read more about PRES and its plans to expand into biomass waste from the agricultural industry (by using peanut shells, for example) in the 2015/2016 Perspectives: Investments for Prosperity Report.

You can read more about PRES and its plans to expand into biomass waste from the agricultural industry (by using peanut shells, for example) in the 2015/2016 Perspectives: Investments for Prosperity Report.

You can read more about PRES and its plans to expand into biomass waste from the agricultural industry (by using peanut shells, for example) in the 2015/2016 Perspectives: Investments for Prosperity Report.

You can read more about PRES and its plans to expand into biomass waste from the agricultural industry (by using peanut shells, for example) in the 2015/2016 Perspectives: Investments for Prosperity Report.

The source for all information mentioned herein is responsAbility Investments AG unless not mentioned otherwise.