A visit to India, the world’s second-most populous country, leaves none of the human sensories unphased, especially if it is the first such visit.
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And while a seven-day field trip to the State of Maharashtra, the second-most populous and third-largest state in India has come to an end, the outcome of this journey of contextual discovery will linger on for some time to come.
The study tour was organized as part of the World Bioenergy Association’s (WBA) annual General Assembly which this year took place in Aurangabad.
The week-long tour which included the Indian Bioenergy and Climate Change Forum co-organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in Aurangabad, saw visits as diverse in application and scale as the region itself – biomass cookstoves, bioheat plants, domestic biodigesters, and state-of-the-art second-generation ethanol and biomethane production to mention a few in Aurangabad and Pune.
With around 14 or so tour participants from a variety of domestic and international backgrounds and interests, together with the very obliging and hospitable hosts, the trip provided unparalleled insights into the numerous subtilities that make or break projects – be it clean cookstoves, canteen biogas, micro-biodiesel, biomass heat- and power or 2G ethanol.
More on all that in the coming articles. In the meantime, a big thank you is in order to organizers WBA, CII, all the site hosts, and to all who shared bioenergy-related news and views during the week.