Electricity Genertation from Rice Husk in Indian Rice Mills. Potential and Financial Viability

Kapur, T. and Kandpal, T. C. and Garg, H. P. (1996) Electricity Genertation from Rice Husk in Indian Rice Mills. Potential and Financial Viability. Biomass and Bioenergy, 10 (5/6). pp. 393-403.

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Rice husk generated as a by-product of rice processing is an important energy resource. The availability of this resource in India has been assessed and the technologies for exploitation of its energy potential in rice processing industry discussed. Nomographs have been developed for estimation of the husk required to meet the energy demand of parboiling, drying and milling operations. The unit cost of electricity using rice husk gasifier-based power generation systems has been calculated and its financial feasibility assessed in comparison with utility-supplied and diesel-generated electricity. With the cost and efficiency data assumed here, the unit cost of electricity produced by rice husk gasifier-dual fuel engine-generator system varies between Rs Z/kWh and Rs 7/kWh. (Note: 35 Rs approximates to $US 1.) Copyright 0 1996 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The first author is grateful to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for financial assistance.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Husk availability; rice husk gasifiers; financial feasibility; unit cost of electricity; rice mill; paddy parboiling
Author Affiliation: Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016
Subjects: Agricultural Engineering
Social Sciences > Agricultural Extension,Technology, ICT
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Mr B Krishnamurthy
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 14:49
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2012 04:55
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/6319

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