Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon. Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG) and Steel, GOI, has laid the foundation stone for the first pressmud (sugar plant waste) to biogas plant in India.
Praj Industries will deploy its RenGasTM technology for the project being set up by Leafiniti Bioenergy. The project will use 200 tons per day of pressmud from the adjacent sugar plant to produce 10 tons per day of compressed biogas (CBG). The plant will also produce high quality organic manure certified by Natural Organic Certification Agency (NOCA) as a co-product.
The compressed biogas produced in this plant will be utilised by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) under the Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) scheme. The project is scheduled to be completed in the next six months.
In addition to this development, Praj and Leafiniti have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for setting up nine more CBG projects in southern India over the next three years. The cumulative 10 projects including the one underway will have a total capacity of 100 tons per day CBG production and will be completed over the next three years.
CBG is a renewable biofuel in gaseous form, derived by processing bio-based feedstock such as biomass, agricultural residue, sugarcane press mud, cattle dung, etc.
These developments are in line with the objectives of the MOU that Praj signed with MoPNG on 2oth November 2020 as a preferred CBG technology solutions provider, facilitating the construction of CBG plants as part of the SATAT initiative. Launched in October 2018 by the MoPNG ministry, SATAT aims to achieve production of 15 million metric tons of CBG from 5000 plants by 2023. An investment of over 2 lakh crore is expected to be pumped into setting up these plants.
“CBG is an important element of our Bio-Mobility platform that offers technology solution to produce carbon neutral transportation fuel from bio-based feedstock” said Dr Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman of Praj Industries. “Praj is committed to provide innovative solutions to prospective developers so as to create a positive impact on environment and society. The setting up of CBG plants would not only strengthen the rural economy but also align with the goals of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan [“Self-Sufficient India” – a policy outlined by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi].”
Mr. Murugesh Nirani, Chief Managing Director, Nirani Group, added that the project will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will work as a catalyst for the local rural community providing direct and indirect employment. As a cleaner, greener, fuel, it will serve as an alternative to fossil fuels like petrol, LPG, diesel, furnace oil, etc.
Praj’s latest CBG technology has multi-feed flexibility, round the year biogas production, best in class yields, more efficient degradation and gas upgradation, and low utility footprint. Earlier this month Praj unveiled its unique CBG technology by way of inaugurating its demonstration facility to produce CBG from multi-feedstock biological resources.