India to push hard for Bio-CNG plants in rural areas

The Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, announced an ambitious plan for  India on setting up Bio-compressed Natural Gas plants, during his visit to a bio-CNG plant in Stuttgart, Germany.

The union minister was briefed on how the plant utilizes agricultural waste to produce energy.

“The farmers first collect the agricultural waste. It is then processed and gives rise to raw gas. Then, it is converted into electricity. After certain mechanical and chemical processes, it gives rise to pure CNG, which can also be used in energy farming,” said Pradhan in a statement.

Pradhan also spoke about the governments plans to double farmer’s income by 2022 and stated that the government aims to set up the plants in big villages and townships across India.

“Materials like straw and dung are considered waste in India. They can be used to produce energy. I had come to see a plant that uses similar materials to produce bio-CNG. Such plants can be made in India. We are understanding the business model and technology. If it’s successful, we can set up bio-CNG plants in all villages of India,” said Pradhan.

Pradhan was on a two-day visit to Germany, after attending the 7th Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) International Seminar at the Imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday, June 20.



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