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Uttar Pradesh: Civic body to turn trash into power, light up 100 homes

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Uttar Pradesh: Civic body to turn trash into power, light up 100 homes

LUCKNOW : Electricity produced from garbage is likely to light up 100 homes in the city from next month. The Shivri waste management plant of Lucknow Municipal Corporation ( LMC ) will turn 45,000 metric tonne of trash — 1,500 metric tonne generated daily — into 450MW of power every month from July. According to LMC officials, five turbine generators (a device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy) have been procured from a Delhi-based private company and installed at Shivri. Garbage collected from the city will be brought to the plant and dumped in a large pit from where it will be transferred to the combustion chamber. The waste will be burned for the next two hours, releasing high-pressure steam that will operate the turbine to generate electricity. Manager (operations), Shivri, Kaushal Yadav said around 15MW would be generated daily. “Of this, 10MW will be used to run the plant and the surplus will be transferred to the nearest substation run by Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA). In other words, 300MW will be used by the plant every month and 150MW given to LESA. The residual garbage will be used to produce fertiliser,” he added. It is also estimated that the waste-to-energy project will help LMC save around Rs 40,000 a month in power bills that it currently pays to LESA for running the plant. SK Verma, LESA executive engineer, said the average monthly power consumption of a small 2BHK house was around 1,500KW. This means, he said, 150MW will be able to power more than 100 households a month. “It is a good initiative if implemented properly,” he added. Municipal commissioner Indramani Tripathi said the original launch plan was in January, but purchase of machinery took time. “Preparations are almost complete. We have asked our waste management partner Eco Green to monitoring generation of electricity from garbage at the Shivri plant,” he said.