Progress to date

First indian-built reactor system capable of processing rice straw to produce bio-char and cooling outputs.
The first Indian-built reactor system, built in Mohali by Vishavkarma Engineering Works

Following several years of laboratory and field work, a demonstration system has now been built, entirely in India, that is capable of taking rice straw and producing both bio-char and cooling outputs.

This demonstration system is now being installed at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana.

Over the course of the project, we have been able to significantly increase awareness of this innovative approach to addressing the open-field burning problem in Punjab and other states. Corporate social responsibility funding has been obtained from Coromandel, a multinational fertiliser company, to support the ongoing work.

Simultaneously, important links have been sought with regards to alternative approaches to rice straw handling, for example rice straw harvesting for biomass power plants. The benefits to this are two-fold: firstly, it supports the need for rice straw provision for the current project; secondly, it offers the opportunity to apply the same approach to the pelletisation of rice straw which could revolutionise the supply chain and materials handling for the regiona's biomass power plants.

To support the work, an Indian based charity has been set up - the Energy Harvest Charitable Trust.

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