Biofuel to Electricity

Low cost, high efficiency biofuel-to-electricity, past and future

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Biofuel-to-electricity through gasification technology has reached a stage where the performance of a 1 MWe and a number of lower capacity plants is comparable to conventional steam power generation systems, with much higher efficiency. Stage is set for Independent power producers to develop projects through understanding of the issues involved. Every body concerned has something to gain. The investors gain return on investments. Project developers have a new hunting ground that is green. Waste land development authorities as well as authorities responsible for greening the country by leasing out land to developers to develop multi-purpose plantations that provide fuel for electricity and other societal needs for the less privileged part of the society in a net-return on investment mode. Reciprocating engine manufacturers in selling new type of engines that can burn producer gas with the promise of lowest cost power generation under the control of an individual or a group. Electrical utility companies have ways of shedding “unprofitable” loads by partnering with these developments that can deal with agricultural pumping with local arrangements for managing fuel, electricity generation and utilization with grid treated as a back up. Politicians by realizing the promises of new routes of reliable electricity for the farming community with more jobs created per MWh generated. The local and central governments positioning themselves as favoring GHG neutral technologies in international fora apart from substantial economic benefits due to the availability of electricity on demand for the needy and greater rural job creation that may help reduced urbanization.

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