Bio-energy needs attention as a sector and dedicated programmes to promote it as a sustainable source of renewable energy that will eventually reduce dependence on crude oil, Pramod Chaudhari, co-chairman of the National Committee on Renewable Energy has said. The committee was formed by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
“In spite of many advantages, bio-energy is one sector from the renewable energy field that has not received the requisite attention from the government unlike for the wind and solar energy. All over world scientists are relentlessly working towards effective methods of converting biomass into renewable energy,” Chaudhari, also the vice president of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) said while addressing a seminar on ‘Opportunities and Challenges in Bio – Energy’ by MCCIA.
“There has been a successful effort in converting biomass into bio-energy in India in last two decades and the large number of sugar factories is a crucial factor in it as it undertakes bagasse-based cogeneration of power besides converting molasses to ethanol,” he said.
Chaudhari highlighted the advantages of bio-energy saying agricultural and forest waste beside municipal solid waste becomes a source for energy simultaneously helping us to get rid of the waste. Biomass to bio energy model can contribute to the rural economy significantly as agriculture and forest residues are mainly found in the rural areas.