Haryana to set up big biogas plants

Haryana is going to set up a large-sized biogas plants with facility of bottling gas into cylinders for use in cooking.

Staing this here today, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Mahender Partap Singh said Option Energy India Private Limited would set up 1000 cu.m. biogas fertiliser plant at Shri Haryana Goshala at Hansi in Hisar district at a cost of Rs 183.43 lakh.

The plant would have a high rate bio-methanation digester fitted with special patented technology called induced Blanket Reactor (IBR) developed by the Utah State University, US.

He said this would be the first plant of its kind to be installed in the country.

It would have digester retention time of just five days in comparison to 30 days for conventional biogas digesters.

The plant would generate 1000 cubic metre biogas and 3.96 tonnes of bio fertiliser per day. The biogas generated would further be purified into 96 per cent methane out of which 200 cubic metres would be used for power generation and remaining would be bottled in bio-CNG cylinders to be sold at the rate of Rs 25 per kg by the entrepreneurs.

The bio fertiliser would be sold at the rate of 2.5 per kg, he added.

The Minister said a provision for bottling extracted carbon dioxide from biogas would also be made, which would be used for industrial purposes.

The raw material, cow dung, for the project would be collected from the nearby 'Goshala' which would not only be paid the price for the dung but would also share 10 per cent revenue from Bio-CNG.