MoU signed to develop waste-to-wealth plants in million plus cities
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Engineers India Limited (EIL) have signed an MoU for construction of waste-to-energy and bio-methanation projects in million plus cities for "Green Growth" of India.
An overview of the news
The MoU was signed in the presence of Manoj Joshi, Secretary, MOHUA and Vartika Shukla, CMD, EIL.
The ministry has decided to set up solid waste processing facilities on a large scale in million plus cities.
India has 59 million plus cities and to manage the organic/wet fraction of municipal solid waste bio-methanation plants have been proposed in these cities.
In February 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Asia's largest municipal solid waste based cow dung plant in Indore, aimed at generating 19,000 kg of bio-CNG gas.
Bio-methanation plants linked to the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0, Gobardhan and SATAT schemes will produce bio-CNG as a renewable energy.
In the first phase, 25 million plus cities will be selected to develop large scale process plants.
Waste to Energy plants
Waste-to-energy plants use the dry waste fraction of municipal solid waste and produce renewable energy.
These plants work by burning waste at high temperatures and using the heat to produce steam.
The steam drives a turbine which produces electricity.
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