Paddy cultivation is the sole livelihood of majority of the people in our state as well as our country making the rice industry one of the most important sector of our country. There are about 140,000 small, medium and big rice mills in the country operating to process about 93 million tones of rice annually in the form of raw rice and par-boiled rice. Out of this, about 7000 rice mills are in operation in the state. These mills are generating a large quantity of rice husk which is a very remarkable source of renewable energy and can be utilized for the generation of steam and power required for their captive use by installing biomass gasifies or biomass co-generation projects. In addition, surplus rice husk may be utilized for installing rice husk based power projects at nearby sites for supplying the electricity to nearby villages/hamlets and rural industries.
Recognizing the potential of the sector and its relevance in the back drop of the energy crisis the country is facing , the Ministry of New and Renewable energy, Govt of India is focusing on the installation of rice husk based energy generation projects in rice mills on a cluster basis.
In this back drop an one day seminar on promotion of Biomass Gassifiers /Co-generation projects in Rice mills was organized at Bhubaneswar by the Cogeneration Association of India along with All Orissa Rice Mills Association & Industrial Promotion & Investment Corporation of Orissa Ltd (IPICOL),the state level nodal agency (Team Orissa) with support from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), New Delhi.. The seminar is planned under a nationwide promotional plan sponsored by the ministry and implemented by CAI within which similar seminars is being organized in states like UP, Bihar, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Apart from its focus on Metal and Mineral based industries IPICOL the state level nodal agency (Team Orissa) is also emphasizing on the Agro and food processing sector in the state and the seminar is in line of this. 21 MoUs has been signed by the state for thermal based power plants. Clean energy from alternate sources like biomass and renewable sources is in focus for future
The seminar was inaugurated by Mr. Deepak Gupta, Secretary, MNRE,GoI.. Dr. Hemant Sharma,Director Industries, Govt of Orissa, Mr. Sudarshan Pal Thakur, Secy, Science and Technology, GoO, Mr.Jagneswar, P resident Orissa Co-operative bank, Mr. Santosh K. Aagrawal General Secretary, All Orissa Rice Millers Association shared the dais in the inaugural session.
Presentations on MNRE schemes and case studies in Rice Mill industries were made by Dr. D. K. Khare (Advisor, Biomass, MNRE), Mr. R. C. Tiwari ( Director, Biomass ,MNRE).
Excellent presentations were also delivered after the inaugural session, by technology & equipment suppliers and experts from companies including Fleet guard Filters , Ugar Consultancy, Danfoss, Milltec Machinery, SKS Power , M/s. Solutions, Rishi Pooja Energy & Engg. Company, GP Energy, IREDA and others. The commercial viability of renewable energy technologies like biomass (both gasification & combustion modes) have been proven in various sub sectors of food processing industries.
Various stakeholders of the sector like rice mill owners, rice millers associations, technology providers, equipment suppliers, various banks / financial institutions and State Departments / Agencies, etc. have participated in the seminar. The seminar was compared by Mr. B.N. Palai, GM & Head-Outreach and Promotion, IPICOL (Team Orissa).