World Biofuel Day 2021: 9 TPD CBG plant dedicated to the nation

World Biofuel Day 2021: 9 TPD CBG plant dedicated to the nation

World Biofuel Day is observed on August 10 to raise awareness of the importance of non-fossil fuels as a substitute for conventional fossil fuels. This year, under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Oil and Gas companies celebrated World Biofuel Day 2021 with the theme ‘Biofuels for Sustainability and Rural Income”.

World Biofuel Day 2021

Alongside the Ujjwala 2.0 launch, a special exhibition on biofuels was also organized to celebrate World Bio Fuel Day 2021.

The special exhibition showcased biofuels and bio-energy related developments and technical achievements made in the field of biofuels in India. The event also witnessed active participation by many technical service providers, post-harvesting equipment manufacturers, Indian Air Force, biodiesel producers, research institutes, farmers, etc.

During the occasion, a 9 TPD Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) plant of Indian Potash Limited (at Rohanakalan, Muzzafarnagar) and three Retail Outlets of Indian Oil at Muzaffarnagar (Chadravati Filling Station, Kissan Filling Station and Agarwal Service Station) were also dedicated to the nation. These Retail Outlets will be marketing Compressed Bio Gas produced from this plant.

On the occasion of World Biofuel Day 2021, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) launched the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded loan interest subvention scheme that provides financial assistance to innovative waste to energy biomethanation projects and business models.

The industrial organic waste-to-energy bio-methanation projects are generally capital intensive and financially sensitive to both operating costs, including waste availability, and revenue, particularly biogas yield and its utilization scenario. Innovations in such projects seek to improve overall energy output thereby minimizing the cost of energy generation but may lead to increase in the initial project cost at the establishment stage yet increase revenue and reduce operating costs over project’s lifetime.

The loan scheme provides financial assistance to beneficiaries to reduce the financial burden on account of interest on the loan component faced by such demonstration projects.

A GIS based inventory tool of organic waste streams developed under the GEF-MNRE-UNIDO project was also launched yesterday. The tool provides district level estimates of available urban and industrial organic wastes and their energy generation potential across India.

The GIS tool will enable SME’s and project developers to set up new waste to energy projects and may facilitate the rapid growth of biomethanation in waste-to-energy sector in the country.

Background:

World Biofuel day is observed in honour of Sir Rudolf Diesel. He was the inventor of the diesel engine and was the first to predict the possibility of vegetable oil replacing fossil fuels. 

It was just one day before, on August 9 in 1893 that Sir Diesel, first successfully operated the mechanical engine with peanut oil.

“The use of plant oil as fuel may seem insignificant today. But such products can in time become just as important as kerosene and these coal-tar-products of today.”

Sir Rudolf Diesel

Significance

World Biofuel Day has been observed since the year 2015 by the Ministry of Petroleum and Gas to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and to highlight the various efforts made by the Government in the biofuels sector.