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Aston University and the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi have secured a £3m grant to build bio-energy power plants, which will tackle energy poverty in rural India and promote renewable energy in the United Kingdom. The Research Councils UK Science Bridges funding award will allow the creation of two decentralised energy systems, based in West Bengal, India and Birmingham, UK.

These combined heat and power plants will be powered by waste products derived from sewage, agricultural and municipal waste, and crops grown on marginal land. The fuel sources will be converted into bio-energy through the process of combustion and pyrolysis

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