There are regular waste disposal problems in almost all Institutions like hostels, hospitals, convents, old age-homes, etc. where more peoples are staying together. In the same time the cooking fuel consumption of these Institutions is also very high. Fairly large quantities of firewood and other cooking fuels are consumed for routine cooking purposes.
Biogas production kills two birds with one stone: It reduces waste and produces energy. In addition, the residues from the digestion process can be used as high quality fertilizer. This closes the nutrient cycle. By understanding the today's need of saving of energy, MIT Group of Institution taken an initiative & sets up Bio-Gas plant to process canteen waste.
In an example worth emulating, the Maharashtra Academy of Engineering and Educational Research (MAEER)'s Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) College, Kothrud, has installed a biogas plant, commissioned by Thermax Ltd that has a capacity to generate energy equivalent to around 1.5 commercial LPG cylinders by decomposing waste from the students' canteen. Plant, set up over nearly 1,000 square ft. The plant has been installed at a cost of around Rs. 14 lakh.
The canteen caters to more than 5,000 students daily and generates over 150 kg of solid and semi-solid waste, in the form of left-over food and remains of vegetables and fruits. It was a tedious task to pack the huge amount of waste in polythene bags and hand them over to the civic body almost daily. It is now easy to dump this waste & processed at the biogas plant after some segregation. From it, MIT is getting nearly 50 kg of biogas and it is also clean and efficient.
The biogas plant aims at addressing the issue of disposal of waste from the canteen and other parts of the campus in an eco-friendly manner.
M. M. Unnikrishnan, MD and CEO of Thermax, who was present during the commissioning of the biogas plant, has appealed to large educational institutes having a sizeable presence of on-campus students to opt for renewable energy methods for a safe and secure environment. Indian Express has also taken the note of this initiative & give exposure to it.