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Cummins India, IISc tie up for biomass-based power systems

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Cummins India will launch a new range of generator sets, which would work on gasifiers designed using IISc technology. The generator sets will be available in a range of ratings starting from 25 kWe, and extend to multiple unit power plants over 1.5 Mwe.

Pune , Sept. 8

Cummins India Ltd and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have announced an agreement for commercialisation of biomass gasification power generation systems.

Under the agreement, Cummins India and IISc will jointly continue work on integrated development and release of power generation systems based on Open Down Draft biomass gasification systems developed by ABETS, IISc. Cummins India will launch a new range of generator sets, which would work on gasifiers designed using IISc technology. The generator sets will be available in a range of ratings starting from 25 kWe, and extend to multiple unit power plants over 1.5 MWe, a statement said here on Tuesday.

Biomass is a low-cost and sustainable fuel source, which uses the gasification route for power generation.

Prof P.J. Paul, IISc Bangalore, has said in the statement, "Our technology package known as `Open Top Re-burn Down Draft Biomass Gasifier' generates gas from a range of biomass that comprises forest residue, agricultural residue, bagasse, etc. The Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES) has estimated more than 1,700 MW potential for producer gas as fuel from biomass which can help power the 1.25 lakh villages unelectrified today."

While biomass gasification technologies have been available for the past three decades, the collaboration marks large-scale commercialisation of the technology with products designed for optimised operations and uptime.

Mr Rampraveen Swaminathan, Vice President - Power Generation Business, Cummins India, said, "Cummins is committed to developing power generation technologies based on lower cost and sustainable fuels. This initiative provides a significant lifecycle cost advantage over hydrocarbon fuels and also enables us to develop sustainable energy systems.

"Over the past two years we have been working on making several changes in our engine and genset designs to ensure that our products meet desired efficiency levels. The systems can provide power plants up to 1.5 MWe which makes it a very attractive option for industry as well."

Under the agreement, Cummins India will manufacture pre-integrated generator sets, which will be used in projects developed internally or through licensees approved by IISc for manufacture of gasification systems.

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