Corporation Proposes generate power from garbage

Every city in India, generates a lot of garbage, and Chennai is no exception. Garbage disposal is a huge problem for most Indian cities, and usually adopt the option of disposing their garbage through landfills, Indian cities don’t usually adopt incinerator, since its an expensive option.

The Hyderabad Corporation decided it is a viable to generate power from garbage. They decided to convert garbage into “pellets of refuse derived fuel, under high pressure” which would be used as fuel to generate power. Now the Hyderabad corporation, decided for some strange reason that it makes sense to separate the pellet making operation and the power plant, this escalated costs and rendered the plant uneconomical.

The Chennai Corporation, has decided to start a similar plant at Perengudi in Chennai, being wiser, having learnt from the mistakes made by the Hyderabad decided to opt for an integrated plant, and plan to convert between 1100 and 1200 mertic tonnes of garbage to power at Rs 4 per unit. The cost of power generation is higher than through conventional methods of power generation, which costs between Rs 3 and 4 per unit. The cost of the entire unit would be roughly Rs 20 crore, which is substantially lower than conventional power plants. The Indian Express Reports

Official’s sources said that an Rs 20-crore proposal for commissioning this plant would be presented in the Council meet to be held on Thursday. The proposed plant would have a capacity to process and convert 1,100 metric tonnes to 1,200 metric tonnes non-biodegradable waste to power at the rate of 4 MW per hour, add sources.

Chennai produces over 3,500 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste daily, including 500 MT of debris. Of this, the non-biodegradable waste would be burnt at ”high temperature and compressed into pellets of refuse derived fuel, which in turn could be used for generation of power,” said officials.

Now this is an additional reason for Chennai to produce more garbage, garbage wont be useless waste anymore, but will be useful.

1 Comment so far

  1. phantom363 (unregistered) on September 1st, 2006 @ 3:15 am

    is there any discussion, re the possibility of emission of harmful gases due to burning the garbage. i would imagine ‘garbage’ means anything and everything discarded by anybody and everybody. not the best of fuel under any circumstances. :(

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