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Biogas from textile effluents under study

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TEDA for promoting biomass gasifiers in dyeing units

Focus on constructing more micro hydel projects


Tirupur: Underlining the need to enhance renewable energy technologies for a cleaner environment, the Additional Chief Secretary and Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) chairman Christodas Gandhi said that the agency had started studying technical possibilities of producing biogas from textile effluents.

“Once the technique of extracting biogas from effluents generated in dyeing units is standardised, it would become possible for the textile units in clusters like Tirupur to direct it for captive power production, thus, minimising the wastes and ensure pollution free atmosphere,” he added.

Mr. Gandhi was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a business meeting on ‘Reneweable technologies' organised by TEDA along with Textiles Committee under Union Ministry of Textiles and S.B.R. Enterprise here on Friday.

He said that TEDA would be concentrating to promote setting up of biomass gasifiers in the dyeing units for reduction of firewood and fossil fuel consumption used in the boilers. “The firewood consumption can be reduced by at least 50 percent if biomass gasifiers are installed,” he pointed out.

Subsidy

For setting up biomass gasifier units, subsidy would be extended to the entrepreneurs to the tune of about 40 per cent of the capital expenditure.

The biomass gasifiers, according to Mr. Gandhi, will be economically viable for the industrialists since the payback period was pegged at just 100 days.

Mr. Gandhi said that TEDA would be constantly exploring new avenues for increasing power evacuation from wind mills as the original assessed potential of 5,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity had already attained.

Another area TEDA wanted to concentrate was the construction of more micro hydel projects with 100 such units planned for this fiscal.

Collector C. Samayamoorthy and Deputy Director of Textiles Committee D. Dhandapani were present.

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