NTPC seeks startups to produce roasted biomass pellets

National power giant NTPC has issued a tender to startups nationwide for the production of torrefied biomass pellets.

Through its NETRA research and development wing, the NTPC intends to provide a platform for startups to develop cutting-edge technology for the production of torrefied biomass pellets well suited for small decentralized users.

The deadline for submitting proposals titled “farm waste torrefied pellet manufacturing plant” is May 19, 2022, NTPC said in a statement.

The move is expected to reinforce NTPC’s commitment to developing the biomass ecosystem in the country and will provide a unique platform for Indian startups to realize the Prime Minister’s vision of an “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” and also contribute to the ambitious “make in India”. movement, the company said.

India produces about 230 MMTA of biomass which is either wasted or burned. Biomass co-combustion (using biomass as an additional fuel to reduce the use of coal) in power plants has proven to be a major solution to this threat, thereby reducing the carbon footprint in the environment.

Many NTPC plants have already started the required co-combustion of biomass pellets with coal. Long-term supply actions have also been initiated for many power plants.

So far, the focus has been on unroasted biomass pellets. However, for the bulk use of biomass, importance should be given to the production of torrefied biomass pellets, because torrefied biomass pellets have a higher energy density and their characteristics are closer to coal.

In addition, roasted biomass pellets will reduce average transportation costs.

Currently, roasted pellet technology is still in the nascent stage of development.

The Union Ministry of Energy has set up the National Mission for the Use of Biomass in Thermal Power Plants (SAMARTH Mission) and has mandated 5-10% biomass co-combustion in all power plants coal-fired power plants in the country.

In the 2022-23 Union budget, biomass co-combustion in power plants was recognized as an important tool for reducing carbon emissions and generating income for farmers.

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