India’s first bio-CNG plant was on 13 August 2016 inaugurated in Pune, Maharashtra.
The plant was jointly inaugurated by Union Minister of Transport Nitin Gadkari and Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Key features of the plant
• It was commissioned by the city-based Primove Engineering Private Limited.
• It will use agricultural residue to generate compressed natural gas (CNG) that can be used in automobiles as fuel.
• The technology involves treating the waste with a special bacterial solution, after which the gas so generated is cleaned and compressed for use in vehicles.
• It was set up as a Proof of Concept (PoC) which can be replicated elsewhere.
• It was built at a cost of 4.5 crore rupees. Further it needs investment to the tune of 15 crore rupees to complete the 5-tonne standalone plant.
• There are examples of use of bio-CNG as automobile fuel in Europe but this would be for the first time such a technology will be deployed in India.
• This technology solves the twin problem of disposal of agricultural waste and dependence on imported transport fuels.
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