Friday, June 16, 2017

PCB mulls fuel pellet plant at trenching ground


PUNE: The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) is eyeing a cheaper and better alternative to disposing waste. It involves conversion of municipal waste into "energy-rich" fuel pillets.

PCB officials said an Indo-American consortium has shown interest in this venture, needing about three acre land, and with a shorter set-up time for the plant that would convert solid waste to fuel pellets. Such pellets have varied industrial uses. They are most commonly used in boilers and crushers.

Board officials said the new plan is much more affordable, and the plants can also be decentralised. "There are two such plants in India -one in Delhi and the other in Madhya Pradesh," Suresh Jagtap, head of the solid waste management department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said.

"If we can find sites in each of the eight wards, we can set up smaller plants, rather than one large plant," a senior PCB official said.


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