Pallav Purohit & Vaibhav Chaturvedi
August 2018 | Low-carbon Economy
Suggested citation: Purohit, Pallav, and Vaibhav Chaturvedi. 2018. "Biomass pellets for power generation in India: a techno-economic evaluation." Environmental Science and Pollution Research 25, no. 29: 29614-29632.
This study is a preliminary attempt to assess the techno-economic feasibility of biomass pellets for electricity generation in India. First, it estimates the state-wise availability of agricultural and forestry residues for the production of biomass pellets. It then examines the production cost of biomass pellets and the cost of electricity production from biomass pellet-based power (BPBP) projects. Further, the paper discusses the potential for employment generation in the BPBP production value chain and implications of the climate policy and the international biomass pellet market.
Pelletised biomass can potentially produce 6 per cent of India’s total electricity in 2030/31, in addition to direct biomass co-firing for electricity production.