The Sundarbans in West Bengal–largely underdeveloped but a treasure of natural resources–is set to see the light of the day, thanks to scientists from Europe! The Sunderban islands are mangroves with neither thermal power nor solar energy.
In this scenario, experts from Holland and Poland are experimenting to see if cow dung can be used to generate electricity.
The experts were attending a discussion on “Generation of Electricity from Cow Dung” in Kolkata when they spoke of their plans to bring electricity to the Sunderbans. “We will provide fuel from cow dung which is cheap and easily available.
This kind of renewable energy will be useful for India as the population of cows is large in numbers, and cow dung is also cheap and available.
With the help of technology, we wish to produce 10 kW to 20 kW and more,” Marcin Wilczynski from Poland, said.
Microgen Engine Corporation from Holland and Globe Solution from Poland are set to work for this project in India.
They plan to collaborate with volunteers from West Bengal and other states who rear cows and can provide cow dung for this project. Friederike Irina Bruning, a German lady who lives in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, is one such person that the power consultants are aiming to work with.
Bruning came to India as a tourist in 1978 and now lives in Mathura, taking care of about 1,500 abandoned, sick and injured cows. Power consultant Asok Gupta believes that she could be a good start for the project.
“We had meetings with Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. They have assured us that the body will take measures to add the power produced from cow dung into the grid.
In Europe, power produced from combustion of cow dung (not biomass energy) through this technology, has been added to the grid,” he said.
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“Though West Bengal has achieved 100% electrification, but there are some areas where electricity supply is needed. Those areas may find a use for this technology,” Manish Gupta, the Minister of Power for West Bengal said. He added that the storage and transmission of solar power was a concern and that adding new solutions was necessary to ensure security for the country.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)