New project of Biogas plants launched in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Peshawar: Small Industries Development Board SIDB has launched a new project of Biogas plants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Biogas projects were funded by Pakistan Italian Debt, SWAP agreement. Biogas originates from biogenic material, is type of bio-fuel, which primarily comprises methane and carbon dioxide. It can be used as a low-cost fuel for heating, cooking and power generation. Gas can also be compressed, much like natural gas and used to power motor vehicles. Being a renewable source of energy, biogas qualifies for renewable energy subsidies in some parts of the world.

SIDB spokesman said Biogas technology can benefit the country in economic, social, environmental sectors. Technology can play vital role in overcoming problems of energy sectors both domestic, commercial and is successfully in operation in various parts of country.

He said Pakistan did try biogas production in seventies but it could not succeed due to lack of state-of-art technology and awareness among communities. SIDB, for first time would work on government level in history of KP province through private partnership. Board would setup at least 400 small and medium biogas plants developed at household level in Peshawar, Abbottabad, Charsadda, Mansehra, Haripur & Nowshera districts.

Small and medium scale domestic biogas plant cost not more than Rs 50,000, 70,000 even in courtyard of rural houses. It can generate 03-07 cubic meter of natural biogas, which possesses, 50 to 75% methane, major source of energy that burn instantly and produce heat. Gas could also be used to produce electricity by using common patrol generators with little alteration. It will also help reduces expenditure on fuel production, transformation, distribution, generate jobs by creating micro, small and medium scale enterprises.

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