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Business News/ Brand Stories / Macawber Beekay to Set Up Three More Green Coal Projects for NTPC

Macawber Beekay to Set Up Three More Green Coal Projects for NTPC

India’s Green Coal Project by Macawber Beekay to be Installed in Noida with 900 Tonnes Per Day Capacity. Goal is to achieve 2400 Tonnes Capacity by August 2025

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Following the success of the Varanasi Harit Koyla Pariyojna (Green Coal project), Macawber Beekay Private Limited (MBL) a pioneer in the waste-to-energy segment with its innovative technology, has bagged three more Green Coal projects in India, for Noida (Uttar Pradesh), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), and Hubli (Karnataka). The largest project with 900 tonnes per day (TPD) capacity would come up in Noida whereas Bhopal and Hubli would have 500 and 400 TPD respectively. Including Varanasi project, the three more projects shall have a combined installed capacity to handle 2400 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day by August 2025. NTPC is expected to get over 800 tonnes of Green Coal per day collectively from the four projects.

Nearly four years ago India’s power generation Maharatna NTPC Limited had planned to make green coal (torrefied charcoal) from municipal waste. To execute the project, its subsidiary NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd, awarded the project on an EPC basis to Macawber Beekay. The total capacity of this Green Coal plant is 600 TPD of waste handling capacity. This plant generates 200 tonnes of Green Coal with input of 600 TPD of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).

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Recently Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, while inaugurating the Varanasi Harit Koyla Pariyojna in his constituency, appreciated this innovative project which is an example of the government’s commitment to the environment and waste management for a cleaner and greener country under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

This Green Coal project is a prime example of the "Make in India" initiative, demonstrating Macawber Beekay’s dedication to the "Atmanirbhar Bharat" Mission. In a first of its kind plant in the world, we have successfully produced green coal for NTPC Ltd, which is one of India’s biggest coal consumers in the power sector. After successfully demonstrating the technology in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), the central public sector undertaking (CPSU) has now awarded Macawber Beekay with more such waste to Green Coal plants. “We will be setting up the largest waste to Green Coal plant in Greater Noida, with a capacity of 900 TPD," saidMr.Gautam Gupta, Joint Managing Director, Macawber Beekay.

“In terms of technological enhancements, we're diligently upgrading the existing technology with innovations derived from our experience in Varanasi by continuous research and development.These refinements will not only bolster efficiency but also ensure the seamless integration of these advancements into our operations in Varanasi and the upcoming projects,"added Mr. Gupta.

Green coal is charcoal made using MSW through thermal treatment of MSW, technically called torrefaction, which is carried out in an oxygen-deficient environment. The process uses biomass pellets (produced using agrowaste) to start the combustion process. It also results in the production of some volatile gases which, in turn, are used in heating of dryer & reactor during conversion of MSW into charcoal, thereby keeping emissions to a minimum & making system self-sustainable.

For four decades, Macawber Beekay has led India's power and infrastructure market and now diversified into green energy solutions. In line with this, the company has developed pioneering solution for converting municipal solid waste into eco-friendly Green Coal. With the inauguration of world's first commercial plant by honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Macawber Beekay showcases its innovative prowess and the indigenously developed technology transforms waste into a viable alternative to fossil fuels, reshaping energy production while addressing waste disposal challenges.

Macawber Beekay's waste-to-energy process begins with meticulous MSW collection inside waste pit, followed by treatment of Leachate in Leachate Treatment Plant and moisture removal through specialized dryers. Segregation and size reduction eliminate inert and metallic components before the waste is transferred to the specialized Macawber’s proprietary equipment (Reactor) to produce high-calorific charcoal powder surpassing fossil fuel coal in Gross Calorific Value. The process utilizes volatile gases for self-sustained heating, minimizing carbon emissions and fostering carbon neutrality. This innovative approach not only addresses waste management challenges but also delivers economic benefits by reducing traditional coal-related costs and health hazards associated with mining and legacy waste pile up.

“We not only address the challenges of waste management but actively contribute to environmental well-being, carbon neutrality, and economic benefits, making Macawber Beekay a market leader in the dynamic landscape of waste-to-energy solutions." Highlighted by Mr. Brijesh Kumar Singh(Assistant Vice President -Projects).

The environmentally beneficial aspect of these Green Coal projects lies in the utilization of both legacy and fresh waste, which accumulates in significant volumes daily across the country, exacerbating pollution and groundwater contamination issues in numerous landfill sites. By addressing these environmental challenges, the goal of producing "Green Coal" emerges as a robust solution.

“Many existing waste-to-energy plants struggle due to inconsistent waste quality and high capital investment. Consequently, the end-user electricity prices often exceed standard rates, prompting the need for a more efficient and sustainable approach," said the Joint Managing Director, Gautam Gupta.

The utilization of Green Coal holds immense potential for India's energy landscape. With the ability to integrate seamlessly into thermal power plants and blend with conventional coal, it serves as a sustainable alternative endorsed by governmental mandates.

Given that power plants are significant coal consumers, the impact of integrating Green Coal is substantial. For instance, in a 1,000 MW plant consuming approx. 5 million tonnes of coal annually, even a 10% replacement with Green Coal translates to half a million tonne of sustainable fuel. According to published data, using 1 kg of green coal as solid fuel by replacing fossil coal reduces approximately 2 kg of CO2 produced per kg by fossil coal.

Imagine the positive impact it would have on the environment if the country has adequate Green Coal production capacity to replace more than 50% of fossil fuel!

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Published: 30 May 2024, 06:35 PM IST
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