Pune to host waste-to-hydrogen plant


Pune city in Maharashtra is going to host a solid waste-to-hydrogen plant. The project will help the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) address the challenge of waste disposal whilst generating clean power.

Mumbai-based sustainability solutions provider TheGreenBillions Ltd (TGBL) will set up the plant at Hadapsar Industrial Estate with an investment of over INR 430 crore. It will invest INR 350 crore in setting up the plant and an additional INR 82 crore to construct the storage facility and logistics support.

The TGBL plant will utilize Pune’s municipal waste of 350 tonnes per day to generate hydrogen for 30 years. “Refuse-derived fuel created from municipal solid waste would be used to generate hydrogen with plasma gasification technology,” stated TGBL.

TGBL plans to produce 10 tonnes of hydrogen daily from 350 tonnes of solid waste. It will install the first 10-tonne reactor by November this year and targets to complete the entire plant by November 2024.

TGBL will implement the project through its arm Variate Pune Waste to Energy, with state-owned Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd (BECIL) as the project management consultant.

“With this project, the Pune city can reduce up to 2.5 million MT CO2e. More than 3.8 million MT of waste would be diverted from the landfill and more than 1,80,000 estimated households will be served directly. The Municipal solid waste, otherwise being dumped in low-lying urban areas, will be diverted, saving up to 689.5 cubic meters of space every day and 25.16 hectares of precious land per year,” BECIL stated.

TGBL is in talks with other state municipalities across the country to set up similar plants in the future.

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