CSIR-IIP signs MoU with UCOST to deploy Pine needles based fuel making technology in Champawat

An agreement has been signed between CSIR Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, and UCOST under the aegis of the "Adarsh Champawat" mission in the presence of Dr. Harendra Singh Bisht, Director of the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Professor Durgesh Pant, Director General of UCOST.

CSIR-IIP signs MoU with UCOST to deploy Pine needles based fuel making technology in Champawat

An agreement has been signed between CSIR Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, and UCOST under the aegis of the "Adarsh Champawat" mission in the presence of Dr. Harendra Singh Bisht, Director of the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Professor Durgesh Pant, Director General of UCOST, who signed the MoU documents and inaugurated a historic project on deploying the technology of making fuel from Pine Needles in Champawat.

Under this agreement, the CSIR - Indian Institute of Petroleum will implement two major technologies at the grassroots level in Champawat. The selected technologies include a briquette unit with a capacity of 50 kg per hour based on Pine Needles and 500 units of Improved Cookstoves for rural households. An extended field trial study will be conducted regarding energy conservation and its environmental impact. The briquette unit will be established in the Energy Park in Champawat as a part of the Women Empowerment initiative. The briquettes produced will be used as fuel in homes and local industries.

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 The Indian Petroleum Institute has been rigorously working towards the utilization and value addition of Pine Needles and has developed an improved technology for briquette of Pine Needles and an energy-efficient, low-cost, natural draft biomass cookstove. The biomass cookstove works with Pine Needles briquettes at an energy efficiency of 35% and reduces household pollution by 70%. In addition, the CSIR - Indian Institute of Petroleum is a laboratory designated to certify biomass pellets for use in thermal power plants. The laboratory has advanced facilities for the biomass characterization and evaluation of biomass combustion equipment.

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