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EAI Services for Biomass Power Industry

Bio-energy contribution to the total primary energy consumption in India is over 27%. Indeed, this is the case for many other countries, because biomass is used in a significant way in rural areas in many countries. However, the contribution of biomass to power production is much smaller than this - currently, biomass comprises only about 2650 MW of installed capacity, out of a total of about 172000 MW of total electricity installed capacity in the country (May 2011).

India is the pioneer in biomass gasification based power production. While gasification as a technology has been prevalent elsewhere in the world, India pioneered the use of biomass gasification for power production. As a result, prominent Indian solution providers in biomass gasification are implementing their solutions in other parts of the world.

EAI estimates the total installed capacity of biomass gasification based power production in India will be about 140 MW, out of a total of about 2600 MW of biomass based power (cumulative of grid connected and off grid). Of the total, bagasse based power generation has the lion's share (about 1400 MW), followed by combustion-based biomass power production (about 875 MW). While biomass gasification currently contributes little to power production, EAI foresees significant growth for this sector in future.

EAI can assist you to enter this exciting segment. Our team has extensive acquaintance with the entire value chain and can provide end-to-end services to clients looking for biomass based power production.

Market Intelligence

Market dynamics in the bioenergy space has made it imperative for investors and entrepreneurs to assertively adapt to changing market needs, while objectively assessing the prospects and returns from changing market scenario. EAI can add immense value to businesses by giving a balanced opinion about the market potential and growth trends in the biomass based power generation sector.

Business Advisory Services

If you wish to enter gasification based power generation sector, EAI can assist its clients by providing a detailed analysis of the below mentioned areas to facilitate strategic decision making.

Market Potential and Supply Chain Analysis

  • Size of the market (individual states and national market), its growth and key success drivers of the market.
  • Assessment of prominent biomass feedstocks currently used, methodology for feedstock procurement, processing and transportation.
  • Potential for biomass based power and the various feedstocks available in specific areas.

Technological and Economic Feasibility

  • A thorough analysis of biomass power production technologies and its feasibility evaluation.
  • The optimum size of biomass based power plants and economically feasible feedstock costs for both kW and MW size plants.
  • Evaluating monetization avenues for biomass power production via byproduct sales, CDM benefits, REC benefits etc.

Detailed Project Report

  • The EAI team has extensive expertise to provide assistance for detailed project reports for power production from biomass .
  • EAI can assist in preparing a bankable detailed project report for grid connected biomass gasification based power plant
  • EAI can provide insights on the key details on machineries and technologies required for biomass gasification based power production, technical details and processes of power generation and grid interfacing.

Assistance in Financing

EAI can provide key inputs on the following:

  • Investments required and estimated returns for grid connected an off-grid biomass gasification based power production.
  • Government incentives for  biomass gasification projects
  • Capital costs for setting up grid connected biomass gasification based power plants, including the break-up of the capital costs
  • Operating expenses and working capital requirements for grid connected biomass gasification based power
  • Margins, DSCR, NPV, IRR and payback period.

Project Implementation

EAI can assist your team in project implementation through

Vendor evaluation – EAI can suggest suitable vendors for turnkey implementation of your biomass gasification power plants. We can also undertake due diligence on vendors suggested by your team.

Owner’s Engineer – The EAI team can assist you during the implementation of the biomass power plant by employing an engineer at the power plant premises for the entire duration and providing you with an effective progress report


Insights and Key Takeaways from Our Assignments

  • While most current biomass gasification power plants rely on agro and crop waste, estimates by EAI have shown that growing dedicated energy crops could significantly increase the profitability of the projects.
  • The key cost component in biomass based power production is the cost of the biomass, which can have significant impact on the economic attractiveness of the operations.
  • The key market segments in India for biomass gasification are the small/medium industries, commercial/institutional sector and rural communities.
  • While in India most biomass power projects (outside of bagasse based power) follow the combustion route, gasification has a much higher efficiency than the combustion route (30% for gasification vs. 19% for combustion).
  • In gasification power production where the waste heat from the producer gas and the engine are used for productive purposes, efficiencies could reach as high as 70%
  • While the gasification technology is quite mature and stable, gasification based power production has still not reached a stage where it is a �plug and play�. Owing to their fundamental nature, these projects require significant maintenance throughout their project lifetime.
  • With the right combination, biomass gasification could provide IRRs of more than 30% with payback periods less than 3 years
  • One key advantage of biomass gasification is that it can be used on very small scales (as low as 20 Kw). However, when all the factors (such as efficiency, costs for operation and maintenance etc) are considered, EAI estimates that the optimal scale for gasification is about 1 MW.
  • With the use of emerging technologies, it could become technically feasible to use biomass waste that was earlier deemed unsuitable for gasification. An example of this phenomenon is rice husk, which earlier could not be used in its original form, without briquetting. Some of the latest in the market have the potential to use the rick husk in its original form.
  • � One of the key disadvantages that have been observed with small scale gasification system (less than 50 kW) is the inability of the companies to invest in an appropriate O&M team. This has resulted in sub-par performance of many small scale gasification systems across India.

Case Studies

EAI has undertaken assignments that did in-depth research and analysis for the biomass sector in India. Details of some of the prominent assignments undertaken are provided below:

Case Study 1:

Helping a Small Entrepreneur Set Up A Biomass Gasification Power Plant

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Case Study 2:

Biomass Waste to Value Research for a Global Leader in Beverages

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Case Study 3:

Turnkey Assistance for a Biomass Gasification Power Producer

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Our Customers & Clients

EAI's consulting team has been assisting several organizations in a variety of areas of renewable energy.

Client Questions
Answered by EAI

Which are the fastest growing, and least cost biomass crops for energy production?

What are the specific incentives from the Indian government for biomass power plants for small scale, rural and other priority areas?

What is the technical and economic feasibility of biomass/diesel genset hybrid? Biomass/solar hybrid?

What are the opportunities available in the transport and logistics sector of the biomass power production value chain?

What type of biomass R&D (biotech, cloning etc) is taking place in India? Which are the organizations / institutions that are taking part in these efforts?

Are there feedstock that could be used in both gasification and in anaerobic digestion?

What are the various monetization possibilities for the by-products from biomass gasification?

For a large engineering company such as ours, what are the medium and large scale engineering opportunities in biomass power in general?

How well does biomass gasification work at very low scales - < 20 kW. What are the challenges? How could these be overcome?

Are some of the high yields quoted in the market � Over 30 T per acre per year � sustainable?

What are the pros and cons of gasification when compared to combustion?

What is the likelihood if getting PE funding for biomass power projects?

TEAM

The EAI team has undertaken a number of research and consulting assignments spanning the entire spectrum of renewable energy sources.

See the profiles of our consulting team here http://www.eai.in/ref/team/team.html

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India Biomass Gasification Power Production
Keen on setting up biomass power plants? This comprehensive guide will be indispensable to you

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Why EAI for Biomass Power

  • EAI is one of the few companies in India who have in depth knowledge of the market, technology and business aspects of the across its entire biomass to power value chain.
  • The EAI team has the expertise of developing and demonstrating successful business models for robust supply chain management for biomass power projects.
  • EAI can offer intelligence on the various monetization’s possibilities such as byproducts revenues, CDM benefit etc., for biomass to power projects
  • The EAI team exceptional understanding of the technology options and process routes for biomass to power.
  • Our large network of technical contacts for the biomass industry in India will assist our clients get easier access to latest technological solutions.
  • Our multi-disciplinary team with chemical and biochemical technology professionals ensures that our recommendations will always come with a seal of scientific approval.
  • EAI's research team has published the only comprehensive report on the Indian Biomass Gasification based Power Production.

EAI Biomass Gasification Consulting Team

Long before others did, the EAI consulting team identified biomass gasification based power production as a critical driver for distributed power generation in India. As a result of this realization, the team had invested considerably in understanding this domain comprehensively and also has brought out the only report on Biomass Gasification Based Production in India.

Overall, the Research & Consulting Team at Energy Alternatives India comprises professionals from reputed universities such as the IITs and IIMs who have considerable experience in and acquaintance with the Indian renewable energy sector.

The EAI team has undertaken a number of research and consulting assignments spanning the entire spectrum of renewable energy sources.See the profiles of our consulting team here http://www.eai.in/ref/team/team.html

The EAI Expertise

The EAI team has a dedicated focus on the Indian alternative and renewable energy industry. This focus, combined with its experienced team of professionals makes EAI an ideal partner to help your company in benefiting from the opportunities in this industry.

  • Expertise : Our team�s expertise in management, industry and scientific aspects of the Indian energy industry will be indispensable for the success of your venture.
  • Understanding : Our team has in-depth understanding of the global trends of the Indian alternative energy and renewable energy industry.
  • Updated : Our team is continuously updated with information on latest investments and business activities in India for all alternative energy domains.
  • Contacts : The EAI team has extensive business contacts across India in all major alternative and renewable energy segments solar, wind and biomass energy

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