Knowledge Exchange Programme on Rice Straw to Biogas Technology in India

Indus Eco Partners has successfully organised online webinars to explore collaboration between Indian and German companies in the area of Rice Straw to BioCNG Gas. The workshops were attended by almost 80 participants. 

The outcome of these workshops will be taken forward as a joint research project in the upcoming The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) 2+2 funding call. 

Knowledge Exchange Programme on Rice Straw to Biogas Technology in India – 04.08.2021

Background
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt of India, is supporting programs for promoting biogas as a clean fuel for domestic cooking, off-grid, grid power generation and BioCNG for transport applications. Biofuels from agricultural waste are emerging as a potential area not only for biogas generation but also as climate change concerns in view of recent environmental risk due to the burning of paddy straw in North India states such as Haryana. Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
German RETech Partnership together with Swaran Singh National Institute of Bio-Energy, Punjab (SSS-NIBE) and other partners have organised a virtual stakeholder workshop to understand the possibilities of collaborations between Indian and German stakeholders in the area of rice straw processing to BioCNG. This workshop will also inform about the upcoming Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) 2+2 call on Waste2Wealth.

Objectives
The main objective of the exchange program is to focus on the topic of processing of Rice Straw to BioCNG. The participants will understand the ongoing developments on RICE STRAW to BioCNG initiative and debate possible collaborations, technical solutions to resolve issues related to pre-processing of rice straw, digester plant design, liquid digest, gas up-gradation and operation & maintenance of such plants. The workshop will also help to network and identify potential partners to collaborate and participate in the IGSTC 2+2 Waste2Wealth funding program. 

4. August, 2021 – 10:00 to 12:00 CET / 13:30 to 15:30 IST – Virtual Workshop

15 minutes                

Welcome speech -

Mr. Dinesh Jagdale - Joint Secretary - ‎Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, Director General - Swaran Singh National Institute of Bio-Energy, Punjab                                                          

15 minutes

Introduction to IGSTC 2+2 Call

Dr. Lalitha PV – ​Chief Scientific Officer - The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC)

15 minutes

Rice Straw processing to BioGas – Opportunities & Technical barriers in India

Mr. Subodh Kumar – Advisor - Indian Oil Corporation Limited Former Executive Director (Petrochemicals, Alternate Energy & Sustainable Development) at Indian Oil

 15 minutes

  • Pre-Processing of Rice Straw - Technical Challenges Mechanical / Biological Processes?
  • AD Challenges for processing of Rice straw?
  • Treatment of Liquid digest to valuable manure?
  • BioGas Upgradation – Need for solutions in dealing with Sulphur?
  • How can Indo-German cooperation work?

Moderator – Mr. Brijesh Patel, Head of Working Group – India at German RETech Partnership. e.V

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Knowledge Exchange Programme on Rice Straw to Biogas Technology in India – 05.05.2021

Background
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has been supporting programs for promoting biogas as a clean fuel for domestic cooking, off-grid and grid power generation and bio-CNG for transport applications. Biogas generation from agriculture waste is also emerging as a potential area not only for biogas generation but also as climate change concerns in view of recent environmental risk due to the burning of paddy straw in the farms of Haryana and Punjab states. Thus, there is a strong need to take up research and development initiatives for technology development and demonstration to integrate biogas technology for biogas generation for various applications and biofertilizers for sustainable energy and agriculture development. Biogas technology development and validation in an integrated manner need to be addressed to make biogas technology a potential source of energy and sustainable agriculture development.

Objectives
The main objective of the exchange program is to facilitate technical exchange, knowledge and technology transfer sharing between the participants from both sides. The participants will learn from each other about the developments in the Indian RICE STRAW to BIOCNG initiative and debate possible technical solutions to resolve issues related to pre-processing of rice straw, digestor plant design and operation and maintenance of such plants.

5. May, 2021 – 11:00 to 13:30 CET / 14:30 to 16:00 IST – Virtual Workshop

15 minutes                

Welcome speech -

Mr. Dinesh Jagdale - Joint Secretary - ‎Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, Director General - Swaran Singh National Institute of Bio-Energy, Punjab                                            

15 minutes

Technical challenges in setting up large-scale Rice Straw-based BioGas projects.

Mr. Gaurav Kedia, Chairman, Indian Biogas Association

15 minutes

Rice Straw based Bio-CNG in India – Status Quo

Mr. Srinivas Kasulla – Director, Arka Brenstech Private Limited.

15 minutes

Processing Rice Straw - Technical Challenges and Biological Processes -

Dr. Sachin Kumar - Dy. Director, Scientist-C, Swaran Singh National Institute of Bio-Energy, Punjab

15 minutes

Technical options for Pre-Treatment of Rice straw

Mr. Lars Weiss - Sales Engineer, Tietjen Verfahrenstechnik GmbH

15 minutes

TNV Semi-Dry AD Treatment of Rice Straw

Dr. Robert Lackner - Sr. Sales Manager, Thöni Environmental Energy Engineering

60 minutes

How can Indo- German cooperation work?
Panel discussion Q&A

Moderator – Mr. Brijesh Patel, Head of Working Group – India at German RETech Partnership. e.V

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