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The critical findings of the status-quo study were presented at a workshop “Biogas in India – Status-quo and the Way Ahead” to key stakeholders on February 7, 2018, at Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI), Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The workshop was organized by Indian Biogas Association (IBA) in collaboration with German Biogas Association (GBA), German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ), and GERMI.
The event witnessed participation from different stakeholders from government, research institutes, and the private sector. The event was mainly divided into two sessions. In the first session, key findings of the Status-quo study were presented by Mr. Andre Brosowski from DBFZ. This presentation was followed up by a presentation on “Stakeholders and Framework” by Mr. Kay Schaubach from DBFZ, who joined the workshop from Germany via Skype.
Post lunch, the second session focused on the group work of the participants in the workshop. The idea was to collect the key points for the “Way Ahead” of the study. The participants were divided into five main groups to discuss on five topics, namely Collecting Data, Winning the Fuel Market, Supporting the Industry, Fostering Cooperation, and Managing Waste. Groups had long discussions, which were moderated by the representatives of IBA, GBA, and GERMI. At the end of the session, key findings of the discussions were presented and followed up by a voting session. All participants were asked to vote voluntarily across all the topics on an anonymous basis to decide the priority of the key findings. It was a unique experience for the participants and they got highly engrossed in all the sessions right from the commencement of the workshop to till the voting session.
The day concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Antje Kramer (GBA) and Mr. Akhilesh Magal (GERMI). A comprehensive report of the study shall be published in the upcoming month, which will be available for IBA members and a shorter version of the report will be available for all Biogas enthusiasts.
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India’s leading trade fair for Water, Sewage, refuse and recycling IFAT, went underway from 26th to 28th September 2017 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. Over 180 exhibitors displayed their latest product, technology and solutions. Along with indigenous companies, the event saw the participation of international companies from Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, UK, US, and so on. In the trade fair, apart from the exhibition, the conference, as well as workshops, were organized. High-ranking speakers from India and abroad — from politics, business, science and research were the backbone for the event. The event specially focused on Waste to Energy segment showcasing innovation and challenges in such market.
On the first day of the event Indian Biogas Association (IBA) actively set the trade fair alive in its workshop on “Bio-waste”. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Gaurav Kedia, Chairman, IBA and Mr. David Wilken, Head of the department, “Waste, Fertilization and hygiene” from German Biogas Association (GBA). The session highlighted the way bio-waste is perceived and managed in Indian and German Scenario, including the presentation on waste management cycle (i.e. collection, preparation, treatment), end usage of waste focusing upon the essence of maintaining carbon and nutrient cycle through effective digestate management, and safety aspects in Bio-methanation plants.
The workshop was attended by around 50 participants. Participants featured professionals related directly or indirectly to the field and found it interesting as the workshop contained something or the other aligned to interest of every participant.
Following the workshop, post lunch, IBA conducted its first ever General Assembly, which was open only to its members on invitation basis. Mr. Gaurav Kedia, Chairman, IBA shared its journey and achievements till date. Mr. Abhijeet Mukherjee, Project Coordinator, IBA then presented on the Strategy and Outlook to be adapted by IBA for its prospective journey. IBA members were extremely participative in the way they shared their inputs, which was humbly noted by the Association.
IFAT has always been instrumental in organizing environmental-technology events and following the trend, this time around it was no different. All the sessions were highly interactive with active participation from the attendees. Overall, the trade fair proved to be an ideal platform for Biogas and Waste to Energy industry to congregate, discuss industry challenges, deep diving into possible solutions, which would indeed help in proliferation of industries looking for sustainable solutions.
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The 11th edition of Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo, spread over 3 days was organized from 20th to 22nd September 2017 at the India Expo Center, Greater Noida by UBM. The show brought together internationally renowned exhibitors, stakeholders, consultants, business experts and key government officials under one common platform, to discuss global best practices and seek solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the power and energy sector.
On the final day of the event, i.e. on 22nd Sept 2017, Indian Biogas Association organized a panel discussion on Circular Economy. A showcase of successful case studies in Biogas was moderated by Mr. Gaurav Kedia (Chairman, Indian Biogas Association). Other guest speakers featured Ms. Kriti Bhardwaj, (Project Manager, WEFT), Mr. Abhijeet Mukherjee (Project Coordinator, The Indo- German Biogas Partnership, BIG-P), and Mr. Jan Clyncke (MD, PV Recycle).
The Session emphasised on the essence of Water and Solid Waste Management in the circular economy, the importance of manufacturing recyclable panels in Solar sector, and most important of all, mean to address the nutrient cycle balance. The session had panel discussions followed by interactive sessions with the attendees. The sessions were highly enriched for the attendees, as it focused on the present status of various initiatives in the renewable sector from recycling standpoint, thus ensuring avoidance of untoward onus on mother nature.
From September 26 - 28 2017, people, companies and institutions from all over the world will again gather at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai to India's Leading Trade Fair for Environmental Technologies. Apart from the exhibition, a conference as well as workshops are currently being organized. High-ranking speakers from India and abroad - from politics, business, science and research will again be the backbone for IFAT India's high class conference program. Within the scope of the workshops, lectures and panel discussions, Indian and international experts will be discussing and presenting potential solutions to Indian challenges. The primary objective is to bring together and inspire solution providers, practitioners and decision-makers and to share knowledge and experience that pertains to proven and innovative environmental technologies.
This year, on Tuesday, September 26 2017, Indian Biogas Association and German Biogas Association are organizing a workshop on "Biowaste to Biogas", where experts from India and Germany will be giving first-hand information from two different perspectives and discussing these with the participants. After the workshop, IBA will be conducting its very first General Assembly only accessible to IBA members.
On Wednesday, September 27 2017, a session on biogas is being jointly organized by GIZ, German Biogas Association and Indian Biogas Association. Biogas has proven to be a solution to India's challenges in waste management. Thus, being a complex and multifaceted technology and due to many recent activities going on in the market, the panel will highlight several of the most recent aspects and discuss challenges and possible solutions.
InSPIRE (Inclusion in Smart City Planning of India of Renewable energy and Energy efficiency), 2017 got kick started on 25thMarch, 2017at Dept. of Chemical EngineeringIIT-BHU, Varanasi, India. This exclusive conclave was the 2nd edition of the event organized by IIT-BHU along with Indian Biogas Association (iba), in support of Bioenergy Development Board, Uttar Pradesh, India.The mentioned event is one of first kind in India, whichintends to explore the role ofRenewable energy along withEnergy efficiency in Smart city.
The event focused on achieving more efficient, coherent and coordinated actions towards increasing renewable energy access, ensuring energy efficiency and ensuring women safety for development of Smart City. To highlight a few, specific topics such as Smart and Good People for sustainable development,Innovative MSW Management in Indian cities, Need for Waste to Energy, Kisaan Chaupaal for Biogas was reflected by a line-up of high-level speakers: Padma Shree.Janak P Mcgillan(Social Worker),Mr. Deepak Gadhia (Social Entrepreneur, Muni Seva Ashram), Dr. Ramesh Jalan(Advocate, UNDP), Dr. Ajay Chandak (Promoters, Researchers & Innovators in New & Clean Energy), Prof P.K Mishra(HOD, IIT-BHU), Dr. S.N Upadhay (IIT-BHU), Dr R.P Verma (Ex Director, HPCL), Dr. M.R Nouni(Senior Advisor, NISE, MNRE),and Mr. Gaurav Kedia (Chairman, IBA).One importantobjective of this event was to emphasise upon best practices and updated knowledge on energy efficiency and clean energy participation for Smart city development.The proceedings of the conclave will directly benefit the decision-makers in various governmental organizations, including investors, private sector, and NGOs.
The event attracted aspiring entrepreneurs, environmental enthusiasts, research scholars, academics, NGOs, government bodies(centre, state and local), and the young students of the Institute. To outline few of the crucial outcome of the event; it paved the way to lay a road map on important decisions related to Smart city's inclusion of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,private sector participation in such development, taking cues from well planned development model in western countries,expanding the ambit of the program to build smart villages, and women safety. Overall, the eventseemed to be instrumental in effectiveplanning and implementation of Smart Cities, a GOI initiative.
Biogas Training Tour 2017 got kick started as a concurrent event along with the International Engineering and Trade Fair on 2ndFebruary, 2017at Pragati Maidan, Delhi, India. The training workshop at Delhi was organized by Indian Biogas Association (IBA) in co-operation with German Biogas Association (GBA) and with support of The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The first day of the workshop, i.e. 2nd Feb,2017, attracted aspiring entrepreneurs, environmental enthusiasts, research scholars, academics and NGOs, and was extremely helpful in augmenting their elementary information in biogas. On second day, i.e. 3rdFebruary, 2017, an exclusive training workshop was organised for executives which saw representation from Municipal Corporations, Delhi Jal Board, Ex-MNRE officialand, many other government officials related to the sector. After the kick start at Delhi,the training workshop moved to Pune from 6thto 7th Feb,2017 at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER),Pune wherein it was organised with support of The Indo German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC).The final leg of the Biogas Training Tour 2017 got commenced from 8th Feb to 9th Feb at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar, Gujarat with support of Gujarat Energy Research Management Institute (GERMI).
The first day of the workshop at Pune and Gandhinagar attracted even higher participation from environmental enthusiasts spanning a higher mix of participants from industry as compared to Delhi. In Gandhinagar, students from the PDPU campus and adjoining colleges turned up in large numbers to attend the training workshop. A participation certificate was issued by the organizing and supporting partners of workshop (IBA, GBA and GERMI) for boosting the moral of students participants who attended the workshop on the first day in Gandhinagar. Professionals related directly or indirectly to the field found it interesting as event turned out to be informative and there remained something or the other aligned to interest of every participant.
On the second day in Pune, i.e. 7th Feb,2017, the workshop meant to address government officials saw representation from Municipal Corporations, Maharashtra Energy Development Association (MEDA),Khadi and Village Industrial Commission (KVIC), World Institute of sustainable Energy (WISE), MITCON and, many other government officials related to the sector.For Ahmedabad, the exclusive workshop on second day i.e. 9th Feb,2017 saw representation of Additional Chief Secretary, Energy and Petrochemicals Department Government of Gujarat, executives from Municipal Corporations from Ahmedabad City and other adjacent cities, Gujarat Energy Development Association (GEDA), Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation (GAIC), Climate Change Department (CCD), Gujarat Cleaner production Centre (GCPC) and so on.
Overall, the training tour focused around biogas production along with digestate showcasing different types of technology, feedstocks, existing policies and challenges surrounding the sector. Some of the topics covered featured Germany experience in Biogas, Need for Waste to Energy, Basic concepts of Biogas, Biogas Technology was reflected by a line-up of high-level speakers from Indian Biogas Association (IBA) and German Biogas Association (GBA) .The specific topic, such as Germany experience in Biogas,Need for Waste to Energy, Basic concepts of Biogas, Biogas Technology was reflected by a line-up of high-level speakers: Mr Frank Hofmann (GBA), Dr. Cladius da Costa Gomez (GBA), Mr. Gaurav Kedia(IBA) and Mr. Binod Daga (IBA). One important objective of this event was to emphasise upon experience of German Biogas Association of over 9000 successful plants in a decade time in Germany. India definitely need to take a proper understanding out of the German road map in Biogas and similar success stories can follow after customizing as per the local needs and conditions. In nutshell, the event shall be instrumental in effecting a paradigm shift in the Indian Biogas sector.The Training tour will see its next edition in the fore coming years, looking to build up on the success of the 2017 edition in terms of participation, high-level contributions and, coverage of more cities across India.
Indian Biogas Association organized a one day's Stakeholders' Workshop for Large Scale Commercial Biogas Plants on January 19th, 2017 in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, India. This workshop was supported by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) and German Biogas Association (Fachverband Biogas e.V.). Objective of this workshop was to promote large-scale commercial biogas plant by analysing & resolving the challenges impending the potential growth of this segment. By bringing all relevant stakeholders and government on a single platform may give this industry a new direction for a sustainable success with commercial viability. The workshop was mainly divided into three sections, Technical session, Financial session and Policy session, which addressed major hurdles prevalent in the growth of large scale biogas plants.
The workshop had participation from different fields of the Biogas across India. Many companies, policy makers, state nodal agencies, consultants, manufacturers, technology providers and investors attended the workshop. During discussions, participants of the workshop identified the gaps between desired and existing scenario and discussed solutions to plug in the gaps. Major challenges were noted and they were prioritized by theanonymous voting of participants at the end of the sessions. MNRE has already taken a note of the outcomes of the workshop and Indian Biogas Association shall also draft a report based on the discussions which shall be submitted it to MNRE for its future reference.
Currently, India counts 4.9 million of small and medium size biogas plants and an installed capacity of around 300MW from the large scale ones. India has, in recent times, brought innovation into its biogas sector by exploring new feedstocks. This, together with the government support and the interest from international players, can lead to big growth opportunities in the country.
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Indian Biogas Association (iba) in association with German Biogas Association (GBA, Fachverband Biogas) organized a trip of Indian delegates to Germany between 12th November, 2016 to 19th November, 2016. The scheduled trip was part of the three years' project entered between iba and GBA, the BIG-P. Touring Delegates represented different fields of biogas like industry, premier academic institutions, investor community, confederations and, so on.
On 14th Nov, 2016, the trip started with visit to BSR Biogas plant at Berlin-Spandau wherein the team was given a warm welcome and introduction of the biogas plant was given vide a brief presentation. Then, the team went around to have a look at the plant. Thereafter the team visited DBFZ, the Bioenergy Research Centre at Leipzig wherein the team was again given a warm welcome and followed up with presentation on study and focus area of the research centre. The team then visited the pilot prototype of Biogas plant and the sate of art research laboratory.
On 15th Nov, the delegation team visited the Biogas convention at Hannover Messe. The three-day visit at convention was extremely insightful as it covered a wide spectrum of topics covering basics of Biogas to discerning discussions on immense range of possibilities that biogas technology has to offer in German and International context. During the convention, the delegation team had the opportunity to visit the GBA exhibition booth and got introduced to the GBA team. The diverse profile of exhibitors in the trade fair covered the entire gamut of value chain in Biogas sector and had each one of the delegation team engaged with something or the other aligned to their respective vocation and field of interest.
The tour provided an opportunity for cross-functional interactions of several dignitaries from around the globe which shall be instrumental in effecting a paradigm shift in the Indian Biogas sector. Overall, the objective of the trip is immensely materialized with delegates having advanced understanding the German progress in the Biogas sector.
Indian Biogas Association with support of MNRE organizing a one day's Stakeholders' workshop for large scale commercial biogas plants on January 19th, 2017 in Delhi, India. Main objective of this workshop is to promote large-scale commercial biogas plant by analysing & resolving the challenges impending the potential growth of this segment. Participants in the workshop are expected to identify the gaps between desired and existing scenario and discuss solutions to plug in the gaps. Bringing all relevant stakeholders and government on a single platform can give this industry a new direction for a sustainable success with commercial viability. Participation in this event will be by invitation only.
There will be sessions on Technical, Financial and Policies in this workshop which will address major hurdles prevalent in the growth of large scale biogas plants. Bringing all stakeholders on same platform under the due guidance of policy makers will provide an opportunity for discerning deliberations which will be helpful to find solutions.
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Indian Biogas Association (iba) in collaboration with German Biogas Association (GBA) is going to conduct the Biogas training tour in 2017 beginning. The training tour will be kicked off in New Delhi on 2nd -3rd Feb,2017 followed by Pune and Ahmedabad from 6th -9th Feb,2017. At each location, the training courses shall be scheduled over 2 days. The training courses will be held by experts from iba and GBA. Topics for the training program shall entail Basic and emerging concept of biogas, available technology, opportunities in the sector, German roadmap leading to its leading status in the sector, policy in Indian context and so on. To check the detailed itinerary of the tour please click here
People still lack awareness of the holistic potential of biogas from all possible perspectives. Beneficiaries of the tour shall be aspiring entrepreneurs, environmental enthusiasts, research scholars, academics NGOs and professionals related directly or indirectly in the field. The basic idea of the tour is to enhance their elementary information on the biogas and provide a deepened awareness and understanding for the importance of biogas.
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The objectives of the workshop were to extensively share the field knowledge and experience of best practitioners, experts and policy makers for the future roadmap for dissemination of family and community/village level biogas plants. The workshop was an optimized combination of presentations by various stakeholders followed by open discussions. Presentations covered aspects such as different forms of fabricated small scale digesters, social modelling of biogas program, root level challenges in implementing set targets by MNRE and so on. Various equipment manufacturer presented their thoughts on ways and means to scale up the practice in biogas technology dissemination and for harmonization of overall ecosystem to achieve sustainability in the sector.
It as well provided insight for the entrepreneurial model of implementation and development of new programme with a market based approach. Ministry agreed that a more cohesive set up for synergic working of different ministries is quintessential to address the concerns like increasing market reach for value added manures, implementation of set up targets from centre at root level and so on. It assured the participants that it is already in the process of interacting with other Ministries at all levels and will continue to standardize the process.
Attendants of the workshop also flagged regarding information asymmetry that prevails as the central initiatives trickles down to the ground level. MNRE realised the importance to ensure bottom up aggregation of information in conjunction to allocation of top down targets to districts and blocks to mitigate the asymmetry. The experiences and knowledge shared at the workshop provided crucial inputs for redesigning the existing National Biogas and Manure Management to be shall be relaunched in 2017 with a new perspective.
Indian Biogas Association (iba) in association with German Biogas Association(GBA) is organizing a delegation trip to Germany between 12th November, 2016 to 19th November, 2016. The scheduled trip is part of the 3 years project entered between iba and GBA, the BIG-P. The focus of the trip will be on understanding the German progress in the Biogas sector. The trip shall enable delegates of India from diverse field to explore the immense range of possibilities that biogas technology has to offer in German context. Germany being the pioneer in the sector and with the kind of expertise it has built in the last couple of decades, the trip shall provide a forum for the delegates to revisit their experience in Indian scenario vis a vis German trend.
Touring Delegates represent different fields of biogas like industry, institutes, government bodies, associations, confederations and so on. The tour provides an opportunity for cross functional interactions of several dignitaries from around the globe which shall be instrumental in effecting a paradigm shift in the Indian Biogas sector. Upon returning to India, the delegates are expected to disseminate their experience and learning at various level within their respective fields thus providing the much-needed impetus for the sector to take off steeply.
India's leading trade fair for Water, Sewage, refuse and recycling IFAT, went underway from 28th to 30th September 2016 at the Bombay Exhibition centre, Mumbai. Over 150 exhibitors displayed their latest product, technology and solutions. Along with indigenous companies, the event saw participation of international companies from Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, UK and US. The event specially focused on Waste to Energy segment showcasing innovation and challenges in such market.
One of the interesting feature of the event was the Active learning centre which was set up as training center for students and skilled operators. It facilitated live demonstration in a real working like situation. Indian Biogas Association actively set the trade fair alive in its session on "Waste and Resource management in India- Biogas solutions" conducted on the last day of the event. The session highlights featured presentation on "growing Biogas sector in India and the Indo-German Biogas partnership(BIG-P) between Indian Biogas Association and German Biogas Association" by Mr. Gaurav Kedia. This was followed up with case study on Ludhiana Biomethanation plant at Ludhiana by Mr. Bind Daga. Other guest speakers featured Mr. B.R Singh and Mr. Palas Tarapore from Atmos Power Pvt. Ltd which featured Best practices accomplished at AMUL plant upon setting up Biogas purification and Bottling plant. The final speaker for the session was Mr. Siddharth Desai, MD, Encare Electromech Pvt Ltd. Mr. Desai presented his view points on small scale gas engines and benefits of skid based approach to electricity generation in Biogas plants.
A meeting with MNRE was organised by Indian Biogas Association (iba) in August which also featured participation from German Biogas Association (GBA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). iba is an existing member in MNRE's expert panel of Bio gas steering committee. The agenda of the meeting was to devise a roadmap for standards formulation for medium and large scale Biogas plants. It was unanimously agreed by attendees of the meeting that the present available standards are basically meant for small scale bio-gas plants. It's essential to formulate standards with comprehensive outlook to provide necessary impetus to the sector and take it to the next level.
MNRE is positive about working with IBA with due facilitation from GBA in taking the standard formulation process forward. In the meeting, GBA's MD Mr. Manuel Maciejczyk presented on the existing status of standards in Germany and its learning curve during the journey in last couple of decades. He stated that the journey hasn't been smooth all the way through and learnings from mistakes done by Germany should help other countries to have a head start. Manuel is also currently working on the publishing German safety standards in English and he is part of the worldwide biogas group, working on ISO Biogas standards.
The 10th edition of Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo, spread over 3 days was organized from 7th to 9th September 2016 at the India Expo Center, Greater Noida by UBM. The show brought together internationally renowned exhibitors, stakeholders, consultants, business experts and key government officials under one common platform, to discuss global best practices and seek solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the power and energy sector.
Indian Biogas Association organized biogas segment at REI, 2016. It had two sessions. First session, "Harnessing India's Waste Potential: A showcase of Successful case studies in Bio Gas" was moderated by Mr. Gaurav Kedia (Chairman). Our guest speakers were Mr. Deepak Gadhia, (Director, MSA Renewtech Foundation, Trustee - Muni Seva Ashram, Advisor - Enersun Power Tech Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. Walter Howard (CEO, Alter NRG, Canada), Mr. Binod Daga (Director, WAAREY Solutions Pvt. Ltd.), Ms. Antje Kramer (Project Manager, Fachverband BIOGAS e.V. (German Biogas Association)). The Session emphasised on the policy initiatives, opportunities and challenges in achieving India's 10 GW Bio - Energy target by 2022. Session had panel discussions followed by interactive sessions with the attendees.
Second session, "Harvesting Power: Integrating Waste in our Culture" was moderated by Dr. A. R. Shukla (President). Our guest speakers were Mr. Pranav Gadhia (Director, ARS Glass Tech Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. Christoph Kunzmann (Industry Group Manager, Waste Water & Biogas Europe, Middle East, Africa - Asia Pacific, Global Leather, Novozymes Switzerland AG), Professor P. K. Mishra (Head, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi), Mr. Sandeep Garg, (Bio-energy consultant), Mr. Hatim Bhanpurawala (Director, KAENAAT INDIA Pvt. Ltd.). This session focused on technical, financial, social feasibility and broad ranging implications of Bio-Energy along with the challenges in supply and value chain and how to overcome them. The session was made interactive with active participation from the attendees."
Waste and SaniTech India 2016, an initiative by UBM India, India's leading exhibition organiser, successfully concluded on 19th August at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The three-day trade expo started at 17th August, 2016. Over the course of these three days, the expo brought together India's Waste management, recycling and sanitation fraternity under one roof to showcase their products, technologies and innovations before a highly influential business community. It was an ideal platform for this industry to congregate and discuss industry trends, challenges and market insights, and provided in-depth solutions, that help in proliferating their business.
Indian Biogas Association (iba) supported Waste & SaniTech India and showcased itself via an exhibition stall. Event had very good footfall which ultimately brought many inquiries to iba. People were curious about the biogas, its potential, Bio-CNG, electricity generation and financial model. We had visitors from different areas like public sector units, from different government departments, private sector companies, individuals, research institutes, universities, consultants and social workers.