The power ministry has agreed on to set up a National Mission on the practice of Biomass in coal-based thermal power plants. The Power Ministry’s mission will aid in dealing with the case of air pollution as well as lessening the carbon footprints. This would further promote the energy shift in the country and its target to move towards cleaner and better energy sources, the Ministry of Power told in a statement. 

 The National Mission will have motives including improving the level of co-firing from the current 5 per cent to loftier levels to have a larger share of carbon-neutral power generation from thermal power plants. It would also take up research and development activity in boiler design to deal with the huger amount of silica, alkalis in the biomass pellets. The Mission would also stimulate overcoming the regulations in the supply chain of biomass pellets and agro-residue and its conveyance up to the power plants, the statement said. It would also analyze regulatory issues in biomass co-firing. The modalities of the system and pattern of the Nation Mission are under finalization. It is being envisaged that the Mission would have a Steering Committee headed by a power secretary comprising all stakeholders comprising representatives from the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy etc. The Executive Committee would be bossed by Member (Thermal), CEA (Central Electricity Authority). The minimum extent of the proposed National Mission would be 5 years. A total of five sub-groups is also formulated to be shaped under the Mission that would be assigned with various tasks. The Mission would also contribute to the National Clean Air Programme, it added. 

The “National Mission on use of biomass in thermal power plants” will have the following objectives; 

  (a) To increase the level of co-firing from present 5% to higher levels to have a larger share of carbon neutral power generation from the thermal power plants.   

(b) To take up R&D activity in boiler design to handle the higher amount of silica, alkalis in the biomass pellets. 

 (c) To facilitate overcoming the constraints in supply chain of bio mass pellets and agro- residue and its transport upto to the power plants. 

 (d) To consider regulatory issues in biomass co-firing.

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