Trial success leads to biogas facility plans in Goa, India

Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) in Goa, India has revealed plans to generate more electricity from treating wet waste after a successful trial at a biomethanation plant installed by the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani) in 2019.

The municipality will tender work for two more biogas plants, which are likely to be set up in the next six months, according to a report by the Times of India.

MMC chairperson Damodar Kaskar said: “The wet and dry garbage are first segregated, and the wet waste is treated by the biogas plant at our garbage treatment plant at Sada. The dry waste is sent to a cement factory in Karnataka.”

Kaskar also said that around 20 tonnes of wet waste is generated daily in the port town of Mormugao and the current facility can treat five tonnes daily. The electricity generated in the process is used to partially run the plant.

The civic body has decided to install two similar plants with a capacity of 5 tonnes per day. The three plants are expected to produce electricity from the wet waste to run the facilities. The municipality expects to reduce the load of wet waste which is currently sent to landfill.

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