CSIR and IIP Sign MoU for Pine-Needle-Based Fuel Technology

  • The MoU was signed on 5th March by CSIR Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, and UCOST under the “Adarsh Champawat” mission. 
  • The project aims to deploy the technology of making fuel from Pine Needles in Champawat. 
  • The technologies include a 50 kg per hour briquetting unit based on Pine Needles and 500 units of Improved Cookstoves for rural households. 
  • The briquetting unit will be established in the Energy Park in Champawat as part of the Women Empowerment initiative. 
  • The briquettes produced will be used as fuel in homes and local industries. 
  • The use and management of Pine Needles are necessary to reduce forest fires and protect the environment. 
  • The CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum is a laboratory designated to certify biomass pellets for use in thermal power plants. 
  • The project will promote rural entrepreneurship through training, skill development, and market linkages. 
  • Over 100 identified beneficiaries/stakeholders will be trained in the manufacturing, operating, and maintaining of biomass briquetting and advanced combustion equipment.
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