East Coast Railway to set up ‘Waste to Energy Plant’ in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: In an initiative of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, East Coast Railway is going to establish a Waste to Energy Plant at Carriage Repair Workshop here in Odisha.

General Manager, East Coast Railway Shri Vidya Bhushan on Monday laid the foundation stone of the Plant in presence of Additional General Manager Shri Sudhir Kumar and Principal Heads of the Departments of East Coast Railway.

In a Statement, East Coast Railway said, lots of non-ferrous scraps are being generated in the Carriage Repair Workshop at Mancheswar, Bhubaneswar which has no efficient method of disposal. As a result, they find their way to landfills, which is environmentally hazardous.

Carriage Repair Workshop, Mancheswar has found a way of tackling this problem in a patented technology called POLYCRACK. It is the world’s first patented heterogeneous catalytic process which converts multiple feedstocks into hydrocarbon liquid fuels, gas, carbon and water.

Polycrack Plant can be fed with all types of Plastic, Petroleum sludge, Un segregated MSW with moisture up to 50%, E–Waste, Automobile fluff, Organic waste including bamboo’s, garden waste etc. and Jathropa fruit and palm bunch.

Polycrack has several advantages over the conventional approach of treating solid Waste.

All constituents are converted into valuable energy thereby making it zero Discharge Process.  Gas generated in the process is re-used to provide energy to the system thereby making itself reliant of its energy requirement and also bring down the operating cost.

There is no atmospheric emission during the process unlike other conventional methods except for combustion gases which have pollutants less than the prescribed norms the world over.

This process has been awarded the Best innovation Gold Medal in 2007 by Lockheed Martin, Dept of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, FICCI; Best Innovation Gold Medal 2007; Best Innovation Gold Medal 2008; Best Innovation Gold Medal 2009; Nominated for Tech-Museum Awards 2008; Frost & Sullivan – Global Innovation and Leadership Award -2011 and IGCW-2011 – Best Green Chemistry Innovation Award.

This Waste to Energy Plant will be constructed in four months and the target date of commissioning of this Plant is January 2020. About two crores rupees will be spent on commissioning of this Polycrack Plant.

This is the first plant in Indian Railways and third in India. The first plant is a small one with a capacity of 50 kg/ day. First one is at Moti Bagh, Delhi and the second one is set up by Infosys at Bangalore.

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