Praj Industries unveils technology to produce biogas from biomass
Praj Industries has unveiled a demonstration plant that deploys innovative technology for the production of Compressed Biogas (CBG) from biomass. The plant, located in the Praj Matrix R and D campus, was inaugurated on 06th November 2020 by Union Minister of Environment Shri Prakash Javadekar. The plant deploys Praj’s technology which utilises a proprietary microbial consortium made from feedstock such as agri residues and press mud.
Also known as RNG, CBG forms part of Praj’s Bio-MobilityTM portfolio which uses captive bio-based feedstock to produce carbon-neutral transportation fuel across all modes of mobility.
I am pleased to inaugurate this innovative and indigenous technology that helps secure a cleaner and greener world. Praj’s CBG technology is one of the most sustainable solutions to combat the impact of air pollution on health and the environment because of stubble burning. The conversion of agri residue and biomass to biofuel is also in keeping with the government’s goals towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat.Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
India imports more than 80 per cent fossil fuel, which is likely to increase to 90 per cent by 2030. Transportation is the single largest user of fossil oil and third largest GHG emitter. Further, with India committed to reduce its GHG emissions by 30-35 per cent by 2030, it has become imperative to commercialise alternative indigenous energy sources derived from advanced biofuels technologies, according to the company. Moreover, biofuels like CBG produced from agricultural crop waste is Salso an alternative to the burning of agri residue after harvesting.
“The CBG demo plant is a step closer to reducing carbon emissions and pollution. Besides reducing the import of natural gas and crude oil, our technology will boost entrepreneurship, economy and employment in rural India. This project is aligned with the goals of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and supports the national commitment in achieving climate change targets”.Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries