The plants have a capacity of generating 1 to 25 cubic meters of biogas per day, and can be used to meet the cooking and lighting needs of rural households.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has approved the designs of small biogas plants developed by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The plants can generate 1 to 25 cubic meters of biogas per day and can be used to meet rural households’ cooking and lighting needs.
The biogas plants are based on the dry fermentation process, which uses agricultural waste such as paddy straw, wheat straw, and cow dung as feedstock. The process is relatively simple and does not require any electricity, making it a cost-effective and sustainable way to produce biogas.
The biogas produced by the plants is delivered at the pressure of 150 mm water column, which is sufficient for cooking and lighting. These biogas plants have a lifespan of up to 15 years, making them a long-term investment for rural households.
The approval of the PAU biogas plant designs is a major step forward for the evolution of biogas in India. The plants are expected to shrink the demand for firewood and kerosene in rural areas and to improve the quality of air and water.
PAU Dry Fermentation biogas plants offer several benefits, including cost-effectiveness, ease of operation and maintenance, and longer lifespan. They are known to improve the quality of air and water, further improving the livelihood of the rural people.
These biogas plants are expected to reduce the demand for firewood and kerosene in rural areas and improve air and water quality. The approval of the PAU biogas plant designs by the MNRE is a major augmentation in the growth of biogas in India.
As the demand for renewable energy sources increases, these plants will likely become more sought after. They are a cost-effective and rational method to produce biogas capable of working as a sustainable and efficient practice to help the lives of the people in rural India.