Clarke Energy and UKIBC to Present White Paper on Barriers to Deployment of Anaerobic Digestion as a Solid Waste Treatment Technology in India
By Alex Marshall, Group Marketing and Compliance Director, Clarke Energy
The World Biogas Association’s World Biogas eFestival is an excellent opportunity to further the course of sustainable waste management using anaerobic digestion in this uncertain time. India has a long history of the use of biogas – initially with domestic gobar gas plants, followed by industrial digesters treating the effluent from distilleries. More recently there has been growth in the wastewater treatment sector. Treatment of solid organic and municipal waste using anaerobic digestion is significantly underperforming, however. Clarke Energy has commissioned a white paper with the UK – India Business Council to look at the potential to remove barriers to the treatment of municipal waste using anaerobic digestion. We will be using the eFestival as a platform to publish the results of this white paper.
India is highly dependent upon imported oil and gas. India’s Swachh Bharat Mission is a strategy that binds energy security through reducing its reliance on imported fuels with generating energy from waste and in parallel improving cleanliness. Its ultimate aim is to lead to a zero-waste society.
The presentation we will deliver at the World Biogas eFestival will explore the specific barriers to wider deployment of anaerobic digestion technology, looking at both the central and state government’s roles. It will also consider practical challenges to the bankability of projects in urban areas. I will explore how biogas can be used for power generation using gas engines, for bio-CNG using biogas upgrading and discuss how the technology could integrate with district cooling networks.
Alex will be delivering the results of this white paper during his session Biogas potential in India, at 09.00 – 10.30 BST (17:00 – 18:30 ACT) on 20th May at the World Biogas eFestival.