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Alstom announces grant for dry gasifier project

Em News BureauThursday, June 28, 2012, 15:38 Hrs  [IST]

Alstom dry gasifier projectAlstom, as part of its commitment towards social responsibility, announced the launch of a project 'Dry Gasifier' in India in collaboration with USA based Husk Power Systems—one of the world's lowest cost providers of biomass based renewable energy equipment. Launched under the aegis of Alstom Foundation, the grant will enable HPS to become truly scalable in rural electrification business.

A part of the grant from Alstom Foundation will be used in finalizing a Dry Gasification process for low-cost manufacturing and retro-fitting these dry gasifiers at the existing 65 power plant sites of HPS in Bihar. Another part of grant will be used for developing a semi-automated machine for volume production of incense sticks and deployment of such systems at existing power plant sites. Part of the funding will also go into providing vocational programmes and training for women for a consistent and high quality manufacturing.

The immediate environmental impact of a successful dry gasification system will result in dramatic reduction in water uses by over 80 per cent and will also result in reduction of operational expense. The cost benefit is then directly translated to customers who get electricity from HPS power plants. The project will also create employment opportunities thereby increasing the local economic activities fueled by renewable energy. This also enables HPS to scale faster and hence light more off-grid villages, a statement by Alstom observed.

HPS & Rural Electrification: Around 125,000 Indian villages still lack access to reliable power. The Indian government has designated 18,000 of these villages as economically impossible to reach via conventional means. It is in this context that decentralized power generation methods like biomass come into play. Husk Power Systems is working towards rural electrification of India. The company lighted the first village from its first 100 per cent biomass based power plant in August 2007. Today, it operates 90 decentralized minipower plants (40 KVA each) that powers 36,000 households in 325 villages and impact lives of 200,000 people in rural parts of India. So far HPS has successfully reduced carbon footprint by 15,000 tonnes of CO2 which would have been emitted by burning 2.2 million litres of kerosene and approximately 900,000 litres of diesel annually.