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Praj Industries secures compressed biogas plant order from HPCL

In India, Praj Industries Ltd (Praj) has announced that it has "bagged a prestigious breakthrough order" from Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) for setting up a compressed Biogas (CBG) project at Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. In this project, Praj is supplying its state-of-the-art and the worlds’ first-of-its-kind "RenGas" technology developed using proprietary microbe to produce CBG from rice straw.

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View of the demonstration plant for conversion of biomass to Compressed Biogas (CBG) at Praj Matrix inaugurated by Shri. Prakash Javadekar on November 6, 2020 (photo courtesy Praj Industries).

According to Praj, the plant will have the capacity to process 35 000 tonnes of rice straw as feedstock to generate 5 250 tonnes of CBG annually. In addition, the project will also generate 23 000 tonnes of high-quality bio-solids, and 350 000 tonnes of liquid biofertilzer for ferti-irrigation purposes.

This project has the potential to save up to 15 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year. The project will be completed and commissioned within a 12 month timeframe.

Developed by Praj in collaboration with DVO

The Best-in-Class RenGas technology, to process agri-residues for the production of CBG is developed at Praj-Matrix, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) certified the R&D centre. Praj has incorporated a unique dual plug-flow digester design, in collaboration with DVO Inc of the United States (US).

This patented design technology has several advantages including higher efficiency, lower energy consumption, and near-zero maintenance. RenGas technology yields are considerably higher compared to conventional biogas processes.

This project will contribute to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) and the government’s Sustainable Alternative towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative with an objective to promote CBG as an alternative, green transport fuel.

The project will generate significant employment opportunities in surrounding farming and rural community. Agricultural waste in the form of rice straw procured as feedstock for the CBG project will provide an additional income revenue stream to farmers, facilitating the government’s flagship program of Doubling Farmers Income.

We are delighted to partner with HPCL for the CBG project at Badaun UP which will deploy RenGas technology as an integral part of our Bio-Mobility platform. This project is a definitive solution to meet the challenge of air pollution-related to stubble burning while simultaneously enable sustainable decarbonization. This project will facilitate India’s pursuit of energy security, and also, a definitive step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat. We are already executing for HPCL advanced biofuels project at Bhatinda Panjab, based on our enfinity 2G technology that uses rice straw as feedstock to produce ethanol. We look forward to continuing the strengthening of our association with HPCL in the future, said Shishir Joshipura CEO and Managing Director of Praj.

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