India, Sweden Begin Pilot Project To End Stubble Burning And Turn Agri-Waste Into Biocoal

Paddy stubble burning in Punjab (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

India and Sweden on Monday (2 December) announced the launch of a pilot project to convert paddy stubble into green coal in Mohali, Punjab, as Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and visiting Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf inaugurated a bilateral high-level policy dialogue on innovation policy in New Delhi.

The two leaders launched the Agri-Waste to High Energy Biocoal pilot project, which has been established under the Prime Minister's Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) Waste to Wealth Mission.

The office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, in partnership with Bioendev, Sweden, has set up a torrefaction pilot plant for the conversion of agri-waste into biocoal at the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) in Mohali, Punjab. The biocoal made from unutilised crop waste produces 20 times lower emissions than conventional coal.

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The expected outcomes of this pilot study are improved air quality with reduction of crop burning, reduced emissions from use of biocoal as a clean energy source, livelihood generation opportunities for farmers as biocoal production creates new market linkages for agri-waste and soil quality improvement in fields from avoided crop burning, according to a statement.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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