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Friday, Aug 25, 2006
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States - Tamil Nadu
Rs 40-cr project to make power from poultry litter
The generation capacity is enhanced to 3.5 MW.
The plant is fed with 325 tonnes of poultry litters every day to generate the power.
After power generation, it generates no residual wastes.
Coimbatore , Aug. 24
A 3.50-MW capacity power project, which uses poultry droppings as fuel, will go on stream in the State's Tiruchengodu taluk on August 26.
Developed as the demonstration category power project under the Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES), the power project is being promoted by the Tiruchengodu-based Subhashri Bio Energies Pvt Ltd at a project cost of Rs 40 crore.
Originally planned as a 2-MW power project, the generation capacity was enhanced to 3.5 MW. The plant is fed with 325 tonnes of poultry litters every day to generate power.
The project is also equipped to produce 150 tonnes of manure as a bi-product daily from the slurry generated out of the plants digestors after generating power.
According to Mr S. Durai Raju, Executive Director of the company, the project has been allowed Rs 6 crore grant from the MNES and a term loan of Rs 14 crore from Indian Overseas Bank.
Besides the promoters' contribution of Rs 6 crore, the project has also been given working capital to the tune of Rs 14 crore.
The promoters have chosen to locate the plant near Tiruchengodu considering the density of the poultry farms in the vicinity as the contiguous Namakkal poultry tract with three crore birds and the above is said to be generating over 1,500 tonnes of poultry litters every day.
Subhashri Bio Energies has already entered into a power purchase agreement with the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board which would be buying the energy generated from the plant at Rs 3.15 per unit.
Considered the first ever commercial scale power plant using the poultry litters, Subhashri Bio Energies' power plant has also received the approval from the Union Government under the CDM project against green-house gases emission as it helps trap the green-house gas emissions that would otherwise occur from the poultry litters left in the open, the company sources said.
The entire plant, except the engines, is indigenously developed and after the power generation, it generates no residual wastes. Already into trial production, the plant will be formally commissioned for commercial production on August 26 by Mr V. Subramanian, Secretary, Ministry of Non- conventional Energy Sources.
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