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Poultry Litter-Based Power Project for Haryana

by 5m Editor
27 October 2010, at 6:41a.m.

INDIA - The country's largest poultry litter-based power project is to be set up in the state of Haryana.

Haryana has taken the lead in setting up what they claim India's largest 5.6 megawatt poultry litter-based power project, using the latest thermophilic anaerobic digestor technology.

According to IBN Live, the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Green Indus Bio-Energy Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon, for setting up the project at Barwala in Panchkula district, near Chandrigarh.

While Sumita Misra, Director, signed the MoU on behalf of HAREDA, Deepak Varma, Director, signed on behalf of M/s Green Indus Bio-Energy Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Misra said that the proposal to generate power from litter had been designed after persuading the poultry farm owners through the Haryana Poultry Farmers Association.

She explained: "The project will be implemented by Green Indus Bio-Energy Pvt. Ltd, which is a joint venture of M/s Emergent Ventures India Pvt Ltd, M/s Indus Terra Energy Inc, and the Haryana Poultry Farmers Association, at a cost of Rs 67.2 crore [INR672 million]."

Spread over two phases, the project will be set up on the latest thermophilic anaerobic digesters technology, which treats the waste at 55°C, an official spokesman said. The liquid effluent is recycled after being treated through ultra-filtration (UF) and Reverse Osmosis (RO), he said.

In the first phase, 1.4 MW power generation unit will be commissioned by November 2011. The second-phase 4.2-MW unit shall be commissioned by January 2012.

It will require about 500 metric tonne of poultry litter daily to generate power.

Ms Misra added: "The only dark spot in the growth has been the problems surrounding the disposal of poultry litter as large waste becomes the breeding ground for flies, vermin and other parasites, spreading unpleasant odour in the township of Barwala and the surrounding areas. The project would use the litter and solve the problem."

She said that power from the project would be purchased by the state utilities for which the Haryana State Electricity Regulatory Commission had fixed a tariff of INR6.06 for 2010-11 with three per cent annual escalation up to 2015-16. The tariff will be reconsidered after five years.

Giving the background of the project, Ms Misra said that the poultry industry in Barwala had been instrumental in the agro-industrial growth of Haryana. She said that Barwala has 133 farms with a total capacity of about 8.1 million birds, which generate about 650 metric tonnes of litter every day, reports IBN Live.