Clean Effentech International (CEF), a New Delhi-based renewable energy and organic fertiliser start up, has installed almost a dozen plants across India for the production of compressed biogas (CBG) and fertiliser, said founder and CEO Maninder Singh Nayyar.
The plants that are being set up are part of plans of the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) to develop 100 such plants in a couple of years.
"The responsibility of setting up these 100 plants is with us. We have already started moving and the construction of seven is going on," Nayyar said.
The construction of one plant has been completed at Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, while another will be built at Rohtak in Haryana.
Alongside these, CEF is executing an "iconic" project near the Dal Lake in Kashmir, where the weeds will be taken out each year by CEF for 25 years. The weeds will be converted to organic manure.
All three are manure plants. Apart from these, six CNG and manure plants are due to be constructed in Uttar Pradesh, two in Punjab and one each in Ahmedabad and Jammu.
"Six plants are coming up in Uttar Pradesh due to the abundance of raw material," Nayyar added.
"Our agreement with Indian Oil has been signed; our agreements with raw material suppliers have been signed and the environmental impact assessment and permission from the pollution control boards are in place," he continued.
The company — which is also into Ayurveda and delivers reliable, clean, green, and intelligent business models for the waste processing sector across the globe — has got manufacturing and sales license in Madhya Pradesh and it will set up a plant next year. It will also construct a plant on the Gujarat-Maharashtra border.
CEF will be setting up all these plants with its own equity and investments, while NAFED will be the facilitator. The plants will produce CBG and the solid digestate that comes as a by-product will help the company produce the manure after enrichment.
"The CBG brings five benefits to society. It treats the waste, substitutes imports, protects the environment, creates jobs and replaces chemical fertilisers," Nayyar said.