Putting 'powerful' waste into best use

Putting 'powerful' waste into best use

This nuisance may soon come to the rescue of Bangalore's erratic power supply if a new alternative energy initiative of converting Waste-to-Energy (WtE) is replicated successfully in the City.

Eager to emulate Vijayawada and Surat, where tonnes of vegetable and slaughterhouse wastes are being used to generate several thousand units of power every day, various civic agencies have come together to organise a two-day expo and seminar on recycling municipal solid waste (MSW) to generate energy and thus save Bangalore from the blushes of power crisis. Titled "Pollutetech India - 2010," the October 29-30 event to be held at the Indian Institute of Science aims to give boost to WtE initiatives.

It will highlight new technologies such as converting water and carbon dioxide into fuel, waste water into ethanol, airborne carbon into fuel, farm waste into hydrogen. As many as 7,100 metric tonnes of MSW is generated in 28 cities and towns of the State every day. This waste has the potential to generate into 137 MW of power.

Vegetable waste promises to be the next big thing in the recycling world with the development of bio-diesel fuel from chicken feather meal by scientists. Prof Manoranjan Misra and his team discovered that chicken feather meal consisting processed chicken feathers, blood and innards can be used to successfully generate bio-diesel fuel.

To be organised by the Bangalore Media Centre, in association with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, "Pollutetech India - 2010" has the support of BBMP, BWSSB, KIADB, BMRDA, Indian Pollution Control Association, New Delhi, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education.

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