IIEST to generate power from waste
Times of India, November 7: The Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IIEST) Shibpur is going a leap forward in matters of utilizing waste to generate renewable energy. From next January onwards, about one tonne of kitchen waste that is being generated daily from the institute campus will be converted into bio-gas energy.
From next Monday onwards, the process to a pre-digesting unit will be set up on a 1,500 square feet of area inside the institute campus. "A lot of kitchen waste is being generated daily from the hostels inside the campus. Disposing this huge waste on a daily basis is quite a difficult job. We are preparing a scheme to collect the kitchen waste from the hostels that will be converted into bio gas power," said IIEST vice chancellor Ajay Kumar Ray. The project funding is being done by the government of West Bengal in collaboration of IIEST, with a total funding of Rs 30 lakh. Solar power expert S.P. Gon Chaudhuri, has designed the project for the institute's Centre of green energy and censor system with which he is involved as an adjunct professor. Gon Chaudhuri, the main person behind the project who is also the former advisor to the state power department said that it is a special technology that will be used to convert kitchen waste into bio gas. "It will be a hybrid renewable energy project combining both bio energy and solar power. About one tonne of kitchen waste that is daily produced from the hostels of the institute campus will be put into a pre-digester machine where all the kitchen waste that includes thrown out vegetable wastes will be further shredded and processed to produce bio gas that will again generate bio power. "This bio power will run the engine which will generate electricity. Along with this, solar power will be generated from the solar panels that are installed in the roof top and a total of 30 KW of renewable energy could be produced from this combination. We have set a target of January next year to start power generation," Gon Chaudhuri said.
Already, the institute's Centre for green energy and censor system is doing extensive research work to develop renewable and green energy.