Biomass (Agro-Waste) Based Power Project
Biomass is one of the important natural energy resources. Biomass is fuel that is developed from organic materials, a renewable and sustainable source of energy used to create electricity. Agricultural residues, forestry residues and woods are the main source of biomass. Biomass can either be used directly or converted into other form of energy such as biofuel.
Type of Biomass used are as follows:
The types of biomass used in the project are usually the ones which are used for burning purposes viz: domestic heating, cooking in rural areas. A few names are: Coconut shell, Jute sticks, Maize stalks, Ground nut straw/shell, Tur stalks, Chilly stalks, Rice husk, Juliflora etc.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), GoI with help of ORG-Marg, Jaipur has conducted state level biomass assessment study for Maharashtra. This study shows the available biomass power potential in Maharashtra to be 781 MW.
The state government has been promoting energy generation from biomass power project. MEDA is giving technical support and guidance to induce private investment in to this sector and ensures speedy implementation of the projects.
- Biomass Power project is being promoted in all districts of Maharashtra. With the available power potential, it has been decided to establish projects up to 400 MW capacity of the Non-Conventional Energy Policy dated 14-10-2008. MEDA has so far sanctioned 37 biomass based power projects totaling 410.5 MW capacities projects in the state.