India Focuses on Installation of Biogas Plants

Published Date : Jun 27, 2016

Biogas is the best energy alternative across the developing economies. With the increasing negative impacts of global warming, a large number of nations have pledged to put in efforts to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and depend more on renewable sources of energy. However, to harness solar energy and wind energy and generate electricity, the initial costs are high. Solar panels and wind turbines are expensive to install, especially across the developing nations, even though both these renewable sources are available in ample amount across these nations. Addressing these issues, biogas can be concluded as the cheapest bio energy source.

One Lac Biogas Plants to be installed under National Biogas & Manure Management Programme

Understanding the importance of biogas for addressing the growing demand for fuel, the Indian government has planned to set up about one lac biogas plants across the country. The planned biogas plants would be of one to six cubic meter capacities. The installation of these plants is expected to save about 21.90 lac LPG cylinders annually. According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the objective behind this planning is to provide clean fuel for cooking and organic bio-manure as a by-product. In the current fiscal year 2016-2017, about 1 lac family size biogas plants are to be installed.

Biogas Plants Programme will save 10,000 Tons of Urea

Apart from saving LPG cooking cylinders, these biogas plants will provide bio-manure, thereby reducing the usage of chemical fertilizers. This would further save about 10,000 tons of urea. The initiative would reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide by 250,000 tons and 450,000 tons respectively, thereby contributing significantly towards environmental conservation. The ministry has started the National Biogas and Manure Management Programme to set up the family biogas plants.