Essel Infra enters ‘Waste-to-Energy’ Segment

Essel Infra is committed towards expanding its foot-print in the green energy sector, a senior company official said.

Essel Infra’s 11.5MW waste-to-energy plant in Jabalpur has been rated as the second best project in integrated Municipal Solid Waste-to-Energy category across India by the Housing and Urban Affairs ministry, a company statement said.

Commissioned in May 2016, the plant generates 11.5 mw energy by recycling 600 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day and reducing over 37,000 tonnes of carbon emission for Jabalpur annually, which can power 18,000 households.

If each Indian city commissions such WTE plants based on combustion technology, these facilities can not only bring down the power deficit, but can also help in electrifying rural hamlets on the periphery of urban settlements.

In addition, there are environmental benefits that can be derived from these plants. One tonne of solid waste emits two tonnes of CO2 — Essel’s plant will result in an overall reduction of 438,000 tonnes of CO2 emission for the city of Jabalpur.

Essel Infraprojects remains the only player in India to introduce an exclusive technology — grate combustion — in the country, through an exclusive tie-up with Hitachi Zosen. The process runs on the best-proven waste treatment technology, and has been successfully deployed in well over 1,000 plants globally. The plant complies with the relevant European standards.

One of the important elements of grate combustion is flue gas treatment. Combinations of several individual cleaning components are utilised to provide an effective overall flue gas treatment system.

It’s an effective way for a clean and efficient waste-to-energy plant, as the correct function of this system guarantees that all relevant emissions are below the legal limits. It also helps in keeping the pressure in control and emissions down to low levels, and ensures a steady operation over the years.