8 Jul 2012

The Project on Removal of Barriers to Biomass Power Generation in India got formally started when M/s Thermax Limited and M/s Ruchi Soya Industries Limited signed an MoU in the presence of Shri Gireesh B. Pradhan, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on 5th July 2012 in New Delhi . The aim of the UNDP / GEF assisted Project , which is being implemented by MNRE, is to accelerate the adoption of environmentally sustainable biomass power technologies by removing the barriers identified, thereby laying the foundation for the large scale commercialization of biomass power through increased access to financing. As part of this Project, a one MW fluidized bed biomass gasification plant is planned to be set up at M/s Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd. (RSIL) premises at Washim, Maharashtra as a Model Investment Project (MIP). The plant will be executed by M/s Thermax Ltd., Pune based on the technology acquired by them from the Energy Research Centre (ECN) and M/s Dahlman of the Netherlands. The proposed gasification system is claimed to have a higher conversion efficiency (>95 %) as compared to 80-85 % of the existing gasification systems and also an advanced gas cleanup system and will overcome the existing barriers such as -non availability of proven single module of gasifier and gas clean up unit of capacity 1MW or above, standardization of MW capacity systems, generation of operating data required as input for determination of separate tariff and demonstration of tri –generation, besides demonstration of biomass gasification technology for generation of grid quality power. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy , has a wide range of programmes for harnessing energy as well as grid interactive and off grid power from biomass which is renewable in nature, carbon neutral and has the potential to provide large productive employment in rural areas using commercially available thermal and biological conversion technologies. A cumulative generation capacity of over 3700 MW through biomass power including bagasse cogeneration has been so far established in the country. The present project is designed to address the barriers which impede its deployment. Click here to see Picture

ndia to Give One Million USD for Ministerial Level
Participation From Least Developed Countries
The Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Nagoya Protocol (ICNP-2) on Access and Benefit Sharing was inaugurated in Delhi on 2 July 2012 concluded successfully, here today.
At the concluding session, India announced that it would give equivalent to one million US$ for participation of Ministerial Level Representatives from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) in the High Level Segment of Convention of Parties (CoP-11) in Hyderabad. 
India informed the participating delegates from the Least Developed Countries of this decision, so that they communicate this decision to the concerned personnel to enable the Ministerial Level Representatives to finalise their participation plans of CoP-11 which is scheduled to be held in October 12, 2012 in Hyderabad.
India expressed satisfaction on the good progress made on several issues during the course of the ICNP-2. It felt that the Conference moved efficiently and made substantial advancement:
• The first ever discussions on Article 10 on Global Multilateral Benefit Sharing Mechanism helped in paving the way forward on this complex issue. 
• On Article 30 relating to compliance, the pace though rather slow yielded good results. India welcomed the recommendations to CoP-11 to consider the outstanding issues of its work plan in another meeting of ICNP.
India was of the view that the progress made in this meeting had set the ground for further work in preparation for the Protocol’s implementation and early entry into force. This would contribute in catalyzing the pace of ratifications of the Protocol.

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