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:
- 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.
- 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 the supply chain of biomass pellets and agro- residue and its transport up 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.
- NTPC will play a larger role in providing logistic and infrastructure support in the proposed National Mission.