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Minister of Power launches ‘Green Charcoal Hackathon

Shri R K Singh, Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy  launched the Green Charcoal Hackathon being organised by  NVVN (NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam), a wholly-owned subsidiary company of NTPC

New Delhi :  “The Hackathon displays the spirit of innovation, which pervades NTPC. Any organisation has to have this spirit of innovation to grow and prosper or otherwise, it would fade away.  I am sure that the NTPC management has told all young engineers that innovation and new ideas are encouraged.”-R.K.Singh 

He added, “This (Hackathon) is also innovation in the pursuit of reducing our carbon footprint. From that point of view, all competitors in the Hackathon should keep in mind that the process of converting this (agro residue) to charcoal should not lead to emissions. Another key thing is the commercial model, which will depend on the cost of both the machine and charcoal production. I am sure we will come out with a machine which economical. I am happy to see the orientation of NTPC towards reducing carbon foot print.” To fast-track the technology development, NVVN, in partnership with EESL organises technology challenge aptly named as Green Charcoal Hackathon. The purpose of the event is to leverage the innovative Indian mind to bridge the technology gap, with the prime objective to clean the air by eliminating farm fire, producing renewable energy out of the agro residue, to promote local entrepreneurship, and to increase the income of the farmers.

The hackathon was inaugurated by Shri R. K. Singh, Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy in the august presence of Shri Ashish Upadhyay, Additional Secretary of Power, Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD NTPC Ltd and other senior officials from Power Ministry, NTPC ltd and EESL ltd. The increasing air pollution due to the burning of stubble and agro residue by local farmers has become a major concern for the country. As a result, NVVN is looking for technologies to convert the agricultural waste to a form that can be used in the power plants in form of the Green Charcoal Hackathon. One such option is torrefaction which converts the agro residue to green charcoal. The technology to produce torrefied fuel using agro residue biomass is not easily accessible to small entrepreneurs due to the higher cost of imported machines, lack of sufficient manufacturers. The technology to produce torrefied fuel using agro residue biomass once developed in India will be made accessible to small entrepreneurs. To encourage the participants, there was a provision for cash prizes worth up to INR 24 Lakhs* in three Categories, namely:

  1. a) Category – I, Technology for Production of 100 kg per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets
  2. b) Category – II, Technology for Production of 1000 kg per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets
  3. c) Category – III, Technology for Production of 10 Tonnes per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets

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