The state of Punjab, India, annually produces 22 million tons of residual straw. This residual is now considered ‘waste’ and burned in the field causing environmental problems. TERI and the Biosfera Foundation are looking for partners to develop scalable solutions to convert this waste into energy sources for rural communities in the state of Punjab.
Working on Biomass for all
The Biomass for All (BFA) is running a big pilot with the aim to significantly reduce (paddy) straw incineration in the state of Punjab. To achieve this goal, BFA is looking for scalable solutions, suitable to be deployed in and with local rural communities. All practical and methodological ideas are welcome! Next to this challenge of creating local bio-energy solutions, we set out two more challenges: "Share your ideas for bio-based materials out of paddy/rice straw" "Chemical compounds out of paddy/rice straw". The image below gives a visual description of what we want to achieve:
About TERI and the Biosfera Foundation
TERI does research on sustainable development of India and the Global South. Their policies and technology are mainly focused on natural resource management, with key focuses on promoting clean energy, water management, pollution management, sustainable agriculture and climate resilience. This research institute has changed lives, and changed the environment over the last few decades.
The Biosfera Foundation is a (technological) knowledge collective that has their key focus on Smart Ecosystem Engineering (SEE). Natural ecosystems are smart, but human-developed ecosystems are not. By creating top-notch technology and spreading awareness, they strive to make human ecosystems fit within natural ecosystems. This will lead to a better natural ecosphere that can support all life on earth: the Biosphere.
Creating new light
Every year, 90% of paddy straw and 25% of wheat straw is currently not utilized for any purpose, but rather burnt in open air by the farmers. This leads to bad air quality and constitutes a major environmental hazard. The state of Punjab, only has 2.7 per cent of the total country’s cultivable area, yet it is responsible for 17% of the total wheat and 11% of the total rice production of the country. The state generates 22 million tons of paddy straw and 25 million tons of wheat straw per annum. By creating solutions for local bio-energy generation, we will be able to improve livelihoods. Rural communities will have access to fuel/electricity and the overall air quality will improve.
The challenge: Bio-energy for Punjab
We are actively inviting businesses and organisations that have scalable solutions to convert paddy straw into energy, using local systems. Match your solution, contact us, or leave a reply. Next to technological and practical solutions (e.g. for the development of small scale, modular energy installations), we are open to methodological ideas (e.g. for the development of new work-processes or to bring about social change).
Recognising the environmental impact and the opportunities, the state of Punjab and the Indian Ministry of Agriculture are willing to (co-)finance innovative and scalable solutions to the paddy straw waste problem. Do you have innovative solutions, ideas, or experiences you want to share? For Dutch companies, Biosfera will be more than happy to answer your questions about financing, and other matter regarding the challenge. For Indian companies, Both Biosfera and TERI can provide you with more information.