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Manoj

Industry professional, Chennai

Areas of Interest
  • Bio Energy
  • Biogas
  • Biomass Power
  • Climate Change
  • Energy Education and Careers
  • Waste Heat Recovery
  • Natural Gas
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
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Dr.V.R.Manoj obtained his Ph.D in Environmental Sciences/Biotechnology from Anna University, Chennai. He is qualified in Microbiology, Bioinformatics and Plant Tissue culture. He currently works as Assistant Professor; teaching Engineering students and conducting research in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Chennai.He formerly worked at Jain Irrigation Systems Limited with the Renewable Energy section , particularly the Biogas Power Project, Jalgaon. His active interests involve anaerobic waste/wastewater treatment, Metagenomics, Industrial and Academic Projects.

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    Nestled safely within the lush green hills of Jalgaon, Maharashtra is one of Asia's largest and technologically advanced Bi-phasic Biomethanation Power projects. This biogas based power project is run by Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (JISL), an internationally acclaimed company in micro-irrigation, piping, plastics, agro and food processing. They have invested in this unique vision of energy that radiates their philosophy of "value addition". Here, agricultural produce is transformed into a world class product. JISL is currently one of the world's largest fruit processors, supplying fruit concentrates to top markets worldwide. Jain's Farmfresh range of fruit products range from Mango, Guava, Banana, Tomato and a variety of other fruits; individually and in combination. The processing of fruit inevitably generates a significant amount of solid waste. Instead of routine disposal strategies, JISL has decided to convert the large amount of fruit processing wastes such as fruit peels and fibres into Energy ! The fruit waste is anaerobically digested by methane generating micro-organisms (methanogens) to produce Biogas. The produced biogas is converted to electricity. On an average day, the Biogas power project receives a wide variety of fruit waste which it converts to upto 1.7 MW of electricity every hour. The Biogas power project at JISL is capable of handling a large variety of agro-based residues and the team have identified through "in-house" research several unique combinations of new substrates that can be used to maximize biogas production. This is no easy task considering the challenging and diverse nature of agro and fruit based waste which is received on a daily basis. The other daunting task is to keep the process going continuously in order to maximize consistent output of electricity. Unlike others, a Biogas power plant cannot be switched off or on at the mere touch of a button ! It is a living system which needs to be run 24/7, 365 days a year. This requires…

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    • Tarakjani 1 year ago

      Realy its very interesting, We at Clarke Energy India has supplied GE Jenbacher technology to this project for generating power from biogas. Trust M/s. Jain irrigation system is satisfied with the performance and expected efficiency of the system.

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    Does anyone know about the 12th year plans by MNRE towards CFA for Big Biogas plants..ie., 1 and more than 1 MW Biogas power plants ?

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    A nice report : "RENEWABLES 2011 GLOBAL STATUS REPORT" is available online at REN21-RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY NETWORK FOR THE 21st CENTURY. The link is : http://www.ren21.net/

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    Thank you Ms.Shweta for your appreciation. Yes. The project costed this high owing to the inclusion of several energy saving ventures such as Vapour Absorption Machines providing refrigeration, Heat Exchangers which absorb heat from engines and recirculate it to the Digesters to heat it, complete Automation of the entire plant and several special modifications for handling solid waste from the fruit processing industry which is a very tricky kind of waste. The costs also include arrangements for separating solid liquid fractions for converting the digested slurry to enriched soil conditioner.All things considered, this was also the first of it's kind project and therefore there was no precedent to compare and compute cost cutting steps..however, now with proper established experience, it would be possible to initiate such power projects at lower costs.

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    This is wonderful..and much needed ! Although at first, the design seems obvious, the sheer arrival at such a thought process is unique and novel ! Please keep continuing to update us on your progress sir ! It is very interesting !

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    With Abhishek Sathyam & Rahul ChaudhariThe Union Minister for Agriculture, Government of India; Shri Sharad Pawar formally inaugurated the Biogas Power Plant at Jain Irrigation Systems Limited’s Jain Green Energy Park, Jain Valley in Jalgaon on 6th November 2011. This was a Biogas power project and has now acquired the status of a Biogas power plant. The minister was warmly welcomed and was taken around the facility to be shown the salient features of the power plant. A 3D presentation on the operational features of the Biogas power plant was also shown. The organic soil conditioner “Jain Bio-Samrudhi” prepared from the digested slurry of the Biogas digesters called was also showcased in order to highlight the importance of the entire Biogas power plant to the sustainable management of organic solid waste.The Biogas power plant was commissioned in 9th July 2010 with a design capacity of the Biogas power plant is 1.7 MW. The total investment in to the tune of 20 Crore Rupees.The power plant was constructed in-house with technical collaboration with BMK Innovas GmbH (Germany). The biomethanation plant can treat over 200 MT/day of mixed organic wastes and generate electric power from Biogas.The power plant has been awarded subsidy from the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy, Government of India (MNRE); and has also been recognized by the same as “one of a kind” plant in India to treat diverse agro based products in such a manner. The power plant has also obtained approval for Renewable Energy Certification. The Biogas power project has generated additional employment for over 100 local associates in the power generation and fertilizer units. The project reduces carbon footprint by converting methane to energy and improves soil health by generating good quality organic manure. By generating electrical energy and refrigeration alongwith heat recovery, the project has significantly lowered fossil fuel dependency. Thus, it is an environmentally friendly…

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    • Drvrmanoj 3 years ago

      Thank you Ms.Shweta for your appreciation. Yes. The project costed this high owing to the inclusion of several energy saving ventures such as Vapour Absorption Machines providing refrigeration, Heat Exchangers which absorb heat from engines and recirculate it to the Digesters to heat it, complete Automation of the entire plant and several special modifications for handling solid waste from the fruit processing industry which is a very tricky kind of waste. The costs also include arrangements for separating solid liquid fractions for converting the digested slurry to enriched soil conditioner.All things considered, this was also the first of it's kind project and therefore there was no precedent to compare and compute cost cutting steps..however, now with proper established experience, it would be possible to initiate such power projects at lower costs.

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    Written by Manoj and Abhishek Sathyam Jain Irrigation Systems Limited has been honoured by being listed as a "Sustainability champion" by the World Economic Forum in it's report titled "Redefining the Future of growth: The new sustainability champions". The report prepared by the The Boston Consulting Group for the forum has identified 16 Sustainability champions from over 1,000 companies based on three fundamental traits :1. Proactively turn constraints into oppurtunities through innovation2. Embed sustainability in their company culture3. Actively shape their business environmentsAccording to the report, "The company’s land and water conservation measures have paid off in larger ways. Already,1,000 acres of previously barren terrain are under cultivation. The Jain Watershed Project has demonstrated the  viability of large-scale rainwater harvesting systems. The company’s research and development activities have yielded a method of growing rice using drip, rather than flood, irrigation. Smallholders having made the transition have seen their annual income rise by as much as US$ 1,000. Ultimately, Jain is helping to ensure not only water and food supplies, but also social well-being. Its customers are gaining income security through sustainable farming even with small landholdings".Mr.Anil Jain, Managing Director of Jain Irrigation Systems Limited was honoured with the sustainability award at the showcasing of "The New Sustainability Champions" at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2011 in Dalian, People's Republic of China on 15th September 2011.The Company has been driven right from it's inception on the principles of sustainability. The Founder Chairman of the Company, Shri Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain has always insisted on "Leaving the world a better place than you found it"! In fact, the World Economic Forum's report clearly highlights the positive sustainable impact on farmer's by the company.

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    Plagiarism rampant in energy circles ! It is quite funny to see a cleverly disguised version of my original article on Jain Irrigation System Limited's Biogas Power Project published here in EAI ( http://www.eai.in/club/users/drvrmanoj/blogs/9565 )being seen in Powerbase ( http://powerbase.in/jain-irrigation-creates-energy-waste/ ). The author Baski has not even bothered to refer to the original article which is common practice amongst decent web bloggers/writers. Other EAI friends BEWARE !

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    Jain Irrigation System Limited's Biogas Power Project has been featured in "Lokmat Times" - a popular Marathi newspaper on 25th September 2011. This article highlighted the success story of Jain Irrigation System Limited in converting agro based waste to energy !

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    It is a nice article. Thank you for pooling all the relevant points in one place. Please also add Jain Irrigation System as a major player in the Biogas sector. We have added value to agro residues in a very unique manner. Please refer my article : http://www.eai.in/club/users/drvrmanoj/blogs/9565As a personal comment, it would be nice if Biogas were promoted at par with solar energy !

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    Thank you Krupali, Narsi and Madhavan for your kind appreciation.

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    I recently visited the 5th Renewable Energy Exhibition on Biogas held at Pragathi Maidaan in New Delhi (9th to 12th August 2011) with my colleagues. It was a grand exhibition but I was a little surprised on the low number of Biogas or Biomass focussed companies. At most I could discern only three companies. Renewable energy has become quite sunny !   The influence of Solar energy as being the current boom in the renewable energy business was widely evident. I enjoyed the visit to the exhibition especially the "0.95 dollars/watt" displayed on a chinese manufacturer's PV panel !!! The stalls by MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) had a lot of information. Information as such could be found in abundance; as evident by the immense amount of literature collected in the form of catalogues and brochures. I particularly liked the idea of decorative solar panels which are power generating while not compromising on aesthetic beauty of the buildings on which it is installed. The majority of the exhibition/expo was marked by almost identical choice of products albeit in different proportions. I felt that Chinese companies had come out to make a strong presence felt in this year's expo ! I also found their appliances to be quite cute, especially the nifty solar lanterns with a flip cap to expose the PV modules !!!The wind energy section was also not dissapointing at all with a wide variety of technology from various industry leaders being proudly displayed.  I was expecting much more information on Biogas projects but there were not many. Of course, there were a few companies which advertised the advantages of hybrid projects encompassing more than one renewable energy project. Therefore, I spent my time growing more and more amazed over the incredible growth of the solar industry. What was even more surprising was that almost all the mainstream Indian companies known for entirely different product lines had entered the solar arena in full force ! In short, the…

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    “5th Renewable Energy India 2011 Expo” Aug 9th to 12th at Praghathi Maidan, New Delhi

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    Very useful article. Thank you !

 

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