BioShakti seeks to harness India’s large biomass resource to lead a sector-wide decarbonization of its economy. Its focus areas include renewable natural gas and biogas-based energy storage.
In collaboration with Renergon, BioShakti has introduced solid-state anaerobic digestion (SSAD) in India. India produces >400 million tons of lignocellulosic biomass every year, and SSAD is well-suited to India, given its low requirement for water, no preprocessing of biomass, ability to co-digest dry and wet biomass, and modular structure. BioShakti and Renergon were awarded a grant by the REPIC platform of the Swiss Federation for the introduction of SSAD in India.
The first Indian SSAD plant is being set up in Patiala, Punjab. Patiala is at the epicenter of the wheat-rice cropping system of the Indo-Gangetic belt where >35 million tons of rice straw is burnt every year. The plant is based on the co-digestion of rice straw and cattle manure. It will not only reduce straw burning and the associated pollution but also tackle indiscriminate disposal of animal manure, recycle nutrients, and reduce fossil fuel use.
BioShakti and Renergon are collaborating to set up multiple such plants throughout India.
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For the REPIC program and its support for the introduction of SSAD in India, see here.