Clenergen Corporation, a leading biomass power developer, is working with Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd., in the city of Mangalore on the southwest coast of India, to develop power plants that will generate electricity from a blend of petcoke (60%) and biomass (40%). Initially, a 21 megawatt pilot power plant will be built in Mangalore for tests to maximize efficiency in the generation of carbon neutral electricity. However, the project could be scaled up to provide 154 megawatts in Mangalore, and 196 megawatts in the nearby city of Kochi (formerly known as Cochin), based upon the volume of biomass expected from lands in Karnataka and the volume of petcoke provided by two Indian refineries. The electricity will be sold directly to the refineries for their internal energy requirements, with the balance being sold to the Power Trading Corporation of India Limited.
Further to the northeast, in Singareni, India, Clenergen is working on the idea of using coal dust in combination with biomass for power generation. The company is working with Coal India Limited to test a blend of 75% coal dust and 25% biomass at the colliery site in Singareni. India produces over 2 million tons of coal dust every year.
In Russia, Clenergen has submitted a proposal to install a 4.5 megawatt power plant in Sochi on the Black Sea. The plant will supply electricity to the Olympic village, scheduled for 2014, using biomass from wood residues. Many Russian territories still have a less than adequate supply of electricity, representing another significant market for Clenergen. In addition, Clenergen continues to move forward with plans for biomass power plants in other areas of the world. Clenergen has already planned to conduct trials in Australia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Guyana.
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