Praj Industries’ compressed biogas demonstration plant inaugurated

Praj Industries’ compressed biogas (CBG) demonstration plant was inaugurated on 6 November by Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar.

Located in the Praj Matrix R&D campus, the plant deploys Praj’s technology, which utilises a proprietary microbial consortium made from feedstock such as agri-residues and press mud. Also known as renewable natural gas, CBG forms part of Praj’s Bio-Mobility portfolio which uses captive bio-based feedstock to produce carbon-neutral transportation fuel across all modes of mobility.

According to Praj, India imports more than 80% fossil fuel, which is likely to increase to 90% ‘in the near future’. Transport is the single largest user of fossil oil and the third-largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter. With the country committed to reducing its GHG emissions by 30-35% by 2030, Praj believes it is imperative to commercialise alternative indigenous energy sources derived from advanced biofuels technologies.

Biofuels like CBG produced from agricultural crop waste is also an environmentally-friendly alternative to burning agricultural crop residue after harvesting.

Shri. Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, and Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, said: “I am pleased to inaugurate this innovative and indigenous technology that helps secure a cleaner and greener world.

“Praj’s CBG technology is one of the most sustainable solutions to combat the impact of air pollution on health and environment because of stubble burning. The conversion of agri-residue and biomass to biofuel is also in-keeping with the government’s goals towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat (self-sufficient India).”

“The CBG demo plant is another step closer to reducing carbon emissions and pollution,” said Dr Pramod Chaudhari, executive chairman of Praj Industries. “Besides reducing the import of natural gas and crude oil, our technology will boost entrepreneurship, economy, and employment in rural India.

“This project is aligned with our endeavours towards energy self-reliance and supports the national commitment in achieving climate change targets.”

Over 20 years, Praj has executed more than 50 biogas plants, most of them operating on industrial waste streams.

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