A review on biomass energy resources, potential, conversion and policy in India

Anil Kumar, Nitin Kumar, Prashant Baredar, Ashish Shukla

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    In this communication biomass energy resource, potential, energy conversion and policy for promotion implemented by Government of India are discussed. The total installed capacity for electricity generation in India is 2666.64 GW as on 31st March 2013. Renewable energy is contributed 10.5% of total generation out of which 12.83% power is being generated using biomass. India has surplus agricultural and forest area which comprises about 500 million metric tons of biomass availability per year. In India total biomass power generation capacity is 17,500 MW. At present power being generated is 2665 MW which include 1666 MW by cogeneration. The various category of biomass in India is also discussed in this paper. And the research reveals that India has large potential for bio mass feed stock from different sources. Government of India deployed different policies and executed that the strategies for biomass power generation. Such approaches have included the whole biomass energy sector which incorporated the bio gas, bio diesel etc. in the policies. Government of India has focused on the deployment and development biomass energy sector with strategic policy and program which is notable portion of this review paper.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)530-539
    JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
    Issue numberMay 2015
    Publication statusPublished - May 2015

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    • Biomass Energy
    • Resources
    • Potential
    • Conversion
    • Policy


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