Center to launch a biomass mission for coal-fired power plants
The Ministry of Energy announced on Tuesday that it had decided to set up a national mission on the use of biomass in coal-fired power plants.
The mission aims to solve the problem of air pollution from stubble burning on farms, which is particularly deadly in northern India during winters, and to reduce the carbon footprint of the production of thermal energy. This would further support India’s energy transition goals and the National Clean Air Agenda, the ministry said in a statement.
The main objective of the mission is to raise the current level of biomass co-combustion from 5% to higher levels to ensure a greater share of carbon-neutral electricity production from thermal power plants, indicates the press release. The mission will also support R&D in the design of boilers to treat the largest amount of silica, alkalis in biomass pellets.
The operational modalities and structure of the mission are being finalized, the ministry said. It is envisaged that the mission will have a Steering Committee headed by the Secretary (Power) comprising stakeholders, including representatives from the Ministry of Oil and Natural Gas and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
In addition, the Mission’s Executive Committee would be headed by a (thermal) member of the Central Electricity Authority. NTPC Ltd will also play a larger role in providing logistical and infrastructural support under the proposed mission, the ministry said.
The duration of the proposed assignment would be at least five years.