(THE GIST OF PIB) National Mission on use of Biomass in coal based thermal power plants
National Mission on use of Biomass in coal based thermal power plants
- Ministry of Power has decided to set up a National Mission on use of Biomass in coal based thermal power plants.
- To increase the level of co-firing from present 5% to higher levels to have a larger share of carbon neutral power generation from the thermal power plants.
- To take up R&D activity in boiler design to handle the higher amount of silica, alkalis in the biomass pellets.
- To facilitate overcoming the constraints in supply chain of bio mass pellets and agro- residue and its transport upto to the power plants.
- To consider regulatory issues in biomass co-firing.
- The Mission would have a Steering Committee headed by Secretary (Power) comprising of all stakeholders including representatives from Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG), Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) etc.
- The Executive Committee would be headed by Member (Thermal), CEA.
- The duration of proposed National Mission would be a minimum 5 years.
Significance of the Proposed Mission:
- It would address the issue of air pollution due to farm stubble burning and to reduce carbon footprints of thermal power generation.
- This would further support the energy transition in the country and our targets to move towards cleaner energy sources.
- It will also contribute in the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).