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enewable Energy technologies (RET) are amenable to adoption at different scales viz. a few hundred Megawatts to a few kilowatts and can be matched with end use requirements enabling their decentralized deployment. They can help promote sustainable development through increased opportunities for local employment, particularly the rural people and environmental improvement through reduced GHG emissions.
Primary biomass combustion has been the main source of energy for India. According to the Integrated
Energy Policy Report (2006), about 80 mtoe is currently used in the rural households. The Ministry of
New and Renewable energy has estimated state-wise gross and net availability of agro residue for power generation through Biomass Resource Atlas. Projects based on both biomass combustion and biomass gasification technologies are promoted by the Ministry. Biomass based renewable energy has the potential to be at the forefront in India with the large amount of varied kinds of feedstock available, especially agricultural residues. Such projects will be sustainable with a viable business model. The lessons learnt from DESI Power project has been included in this issue.
The recently launched Renewable Global Status Report 2009 is also featured here, which offers an optimistic picture about the global renewable energy industry, including the biomass sector and especially covers India’s Remote Village Electrification program that has been successful and continues to progress steadily. A brief of the Chinese Renewable Energy Policy, including the Biomass Energy Policy is contained in this Issue. A prospective on the future of biomass energy in India, analyzing the barriers and way forward has been presented. Besides agricultural residues, biomass power projects can be made sustainable by linking them with different types of biomass plantation. Details of such a project to use Prosopis juliflora are given in an article.
Fuel efficient wood burning stoves have tremendous potential for saving fuel and simultaneously to improve the cooking environment. Results of such a project undertaken in Hotels and Dhabas are available in this Issue along with the outcome of a Workshop conducted recently on improved cook stoves. The use of biogas technology as a sustainable energy option using non- edible oil seeds for producing biofuel and biogas has been presented in an article with details of the operational structure involving village cluster approach.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue and as always we look forward to your feedback and comments. So do keep sending them in. Your valuable responses and suggestions will help us in ensuring that the magazine continues to meet your expectations, while reflecting the progress and changing scenario of bio-energy in India and in other co

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