Rice and wheat are dominant crops in South Asia. Due to very short time span between harvesting of one crop and the sowing of the next, the farmers generally prefer to burn residue in open air that results in atmospheric smog. Despite of some short-term advantages to the farmers; the adverse environmental and health impacts are much higher in magnitude. To counter these impacts, the crop residue needs some alternative usage, instead of open burning. One such solution could be converting crop residue into useful energy, such as, electricity generation by using crop residue as fuel in power generation plant or production of synthesis gas from the crop residue.
To evaluate the potential of crop residue available in SAARC region, for conversion into useful energy and to assess technological options with valid cost benefit analysis; SEC carried out a study on “Possible Use of Crop Residue for Energy Generation Instead of Open Burning” in FY 2019. To get feedback from member states for value addition, and to build awareness among Member States, SAARC Energy Centre (SEC), has successfully conducted a Video Conference to Disseminate Study on “Possible Uses of Crop Residue for Energy Generation Instead of Open Burning” on Monday, 24th May 2021. During the video conference, the study authors presented details of the study conducted.
Major topics discussed during the video conference included “Overview of agriculture sector, prevalent disposal methods and technologies to generate energy from crop residue”, “Energy generation potential for Member States”, “Barriers and challenges for implementation” and “Recommendations”. The video conference was attended by officials from relevant government departments of SAARC Member States, research organizations, academia, associated industry and entrepreneurs.
The Draft Study Report, Concept Paper, Agenda and, Presentations of the Video Conference are given below:
- Download Draft Study Report, Click Here
- Download Concept Paper of the Video Conference, Click Here
- Download Agenda of the Video Conference, Click Here
- Download Presentation during Video Conference, Click Here
Video Conference Proceeding
You may submit comments/views and/or observations on the Video Conference to SAARC Energy Centre through email to Mr. Ihsanullah Marwat, Research Fellow (EE) (email@example.com).