India is the pioneer of biogas. The first bio-gas plant was set up in 1897 when a British civil engineer Charles James, worked on the drainage of Homeless Leper Asylum in Matunga, Bombay. Biogas took off and it has been since powering our kitchens, community facilities and dairy farms.
But now the humble biogas has caught the fancy of some leading energy players of India Inc. Last week Reliance Industries announced its plans to set up 100 compressed biogas (CBG) plants. Adani Group’s Adani Total Gas is planning to set up five CBG plants in the next five years with more to follow in future.