New Delhi: With a vision to create a conducive environment by reducing carbon emissions and nurture technology solutions in India. NVVN (NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam), a wholly-owned subsidiary company of NTPC ltd, today launched the Green Charcoal Hackathon.
To fast-track the technology development, NVVN, in partnership with EESL organises technology challenge aptly named as Green Charcoal Hackathon. The purpose of the event is to leverage the innovative Indian mind to bridge the technology gap, with the prime objective to clean the air by eliminating farm fire, producing renewable energy out of the agro residue, to promote local entrepreneurship, and to increase the income of the farmers.
The hackathon was inaugurated by Shri R. K. Singh, Hon’ble Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy in the august presence of Shri Ashish Upadhyay, Additional Secretary of Power, Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD NTPC Ltd Shri A.K Gautam, Chairman-NVVN, Shri Mohit Bhargava, CEO-NVVM and senior officials from Power Ministry, NTPC ltd and EESL ltd.
The increasing air pollution due to the burning of stubble and agro residue by local farmers has become a major concern for the country. As a result, NVVN is looking for technologies to convert the agricultural waste to a form that can be used in the power plants in form of the Green Charcoal Hackathon. One such option is torrefaction which converts the agro residue to green charcoal.
The technology to produce torrefied fuel using agro residue biomass is not easily accessible to small entrepreneurs due to the higher cost of imported machines, lack of sufficient manufacturers. The technology to produce torrefied fuel using agro residue biomass once developed in India will be made accessible to small entrepreneurs.
To encourage the participants, there was a provision for cash prizes worth up to INR 24 Lakhs in three Categories, namely:
a) Category – I, Technology for Production of 100 kg per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets
b) Category – II, Technology for Production of 1000 kg per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets
c) Category – III, Technology for Production of 10 Tonnes per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets
Posted Date : 01-12-20