AMAN ARORA REFLEX TO FIND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO SOLID WASTE

• NEW AND RENEWABLE BAT FOR THE PRODUCTION OF GREEN ENERGY AND BIOFUEL FROM MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE

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In a bid to find a sustainable solution to municipal solid waste (MSW), the Minister of New and Renewable Sources of Energy of Punjab, Mr. Aman Arora, has highlighted the need for optimal use of solid waste to generate it. green energy and biofuels. The minister was holding a threadbare deliberation with representatives of a biofuels company and senior ministry officials.

Chairing the meeting at his office here, the Cabinet Minister said that the Punjab government led by Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Mann is committed to promoting unconventional and natural energy sources as the best possible response to the pollution problem to save environment.

During a presentation on the feasibility of generating biofuels and hydrogen from solid waste, Mr. Aman Arora was informed that urban areas in Punjab generated around 3,800 Tons Per Day (TPD) MSW in 2021 Unseparated MSW remains a major challenge as manual segregation is not possible for these large volumes of MSW, ultimately resulting in large scale dumping of waste in landfills.

It is proposed to set up the first such plant to handle MSWs in Ludhiana, Patiala, SAS Nagar and nearby ULBs. The company will make an investment of Rs.1500 crores to set up the hub and spokes in collaboration with ULB. The plant will create up to 500 green jobs and could handle 1,600 TPDs of MSW from these major urban centers in the state, he added. Hydrogen mobility can play a central role in decarbonising sectors such as long-distance transport by trucks and buses that are difficult to electrify, he explained.

Showing keen interest in investing in Punjab, Dr. Gurjot Singh, Director of BioShakti, said their company has developed a hub & spoke model, in which unsegregated MSWs in neighboring urban local bodies will be segregated using an automated process, which will then be converted into an organic-rich fraction and a combustible fraction (RDF) using well-established technologies.

“The organic-rich fraction will be processed in a dry anaerobic digestion plant to produce high-quality bio-CNG and compost, while the RDF will be shredded, baled and transported to a central refinery where it will be gasified for produce a range of fuels, including methanol, biodiesel and sustainable aviation fuel,” he said.

It demonstrated that the first such plant to handle MSWs is proposed to be installed at Ludhiana, Patiala, SAS Nagar and nearby ULBs. The company will make an investment of Rs.1500 crores to set up the hub and spokes in collaboration with ULB. The plant will create up to 500 green jobs and could handle 1,600 TPDs of MSW from these major urban centers in the state, he added. Hydrogen mobility can play a central role in decarbonising sectors such as long-distance transport by trucks and buses that are difficult to electrify, he explained.

Assuring all possible support from the government side, Mr. Aman Arora asked PEDA officials to submit a detailed concept note in this regard.