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Project Title

Biomass Briquetting Unit


Project Location

Bikkasandra Village, K R Pet Taluka, Mandya District, Karnataka


Project Mission

To provide assured quality of Biomass Briquettes as Cooking Fuel or as

replacement to Coal (being fired in Industrial Boilers), produced from
sustainably available, local bio resources.


Project Brief Description

(A) The project would result in annual production of 16,000 MT of

Biomass Briquettes
(B) The project objectives are as follows
(i) Provide monetary value to agricultural residues which currently
have no commercial applications (eg. Cane trash, Coconut
fronds, etc.) & simultaneously mitigate environment pollution.
(ii) To produce assured quality (NCV of > 4000 Kcal/Kg) Biomass
Briquettes with appropriate blend of agriculture/forest residues
50% cane trash/coconut fronds
25% press mud/coffee husk
25% corn cobs/saw dust/toppings of plantation wood
(C) The project comprises following components/works
(i) Site development of around 1.75 acres, including site grading,
fencing, gate/security chamber, roads, water harvesting and
drainage systems, sewerage systems, raw water systems, area
lighting, etc.)
(ii) Components of Briquetting line (drum shredder, dryer,
pulverizer, mixer, briquetting press, cooling/cutting line,
bagging system, etc.)
(iii) Mechanical Auxiliary Systems (weigh bridge, fire alarm &
protection system, etc.)
(v) Electrical Auxiliary Systems (power receiving
station/transformer, distribution boards, cabling, earthing/
lightning protection, illumination systems, communication
systems, etc.


Project Contributions to Sustainable Development

The project makes following contributions to rural community development :

a) Socio-economic

JOB CREATION : 36 Nos. direct jobs within Briquetting Unit + 100

Nos. indirect jobs in Biomass Supply Chain

RELIABLE ENERGY : The briquettes could displace use of

LPG/Kerosene in Community Cooking applications
The briquettes could displace firing of coal in industrial boilers (in
particular Cogeneration Plant of Chamundeshwari Sugar Mills)


b) Environmental

Prevents burning of cane trash on sugarcane fields causing

environmental pollution through particulate emissions as well as
ground water contamination through leaching.

c) Ecological

Coconut fronds if allowed to decay releases GHG emissions

Key Indicators for

Performance Monitoring

(i) Number of community stoves supported and quantity of briquettes
(ii) Number of industrial boilers supported and quantity of briquettes
(iii) Kg of LPG and/or litres of Kerosene displaced.
(iv) Quantity of coal displaced
(v) Number of jobs created in the supply chain


Project Cost

Rs. 40 million


Project Financing

Proposed as follows:

40% of project cost as equity/grants (with 5% of project cost being

contribution of local entrepreneur).

60% of project cost as Bank debt/Soft loans.


Project Developer(s)

CREWA, a not for profit organization with a mission to improve

energy and potable water access in rural areas supported by another
not for Profit organization Grameena Abhivrudhi Mandali (refer
website: will undertake Project Development on
behalf of overseas Indian, who would like to promote such project


Project Schedule

Land acquisition completed and key permits obtained

Financial closure targeted for March 2012

Project commissioning targeted for December 2012