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National Mission on use of Biomass in thermal power plants

National Mission on use of Biomass in thermal power plants

  • In order to address the issue of air pollution due to farm stubble-burning and to reduce carbon footprints of thermal power generation, the Ministry of Power has decided to set up a National Mission on the use of Biomass in coal-based thermal power plants.
  • This would further support the energy transition in the country and our targets to move towards cleaner energy sources.

Objectives of the mission:

  1. To increase the level of co-firing from the present 5% to higher levels to have a larger share of carbon-neutral power generation from the thermal power plants.
  2. To take up R&D activity in boiler design to handle the higher amount of silica, alkalis in the biomass pellets.
  3. To facilitate overcoming the constraints in the supply chain of biomass pellets and agro- residue and its transport up to the power plants.
  4. 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.
  • NTPC will play a larger role in providing logistic and infrastructure support in the proposed National Mission.