Aim: It aims to address the issue of air pollution by farm-stubble burning and reduce the carbon footprints of thermal power generation.
It will promote the use of Biomass in Thermal Power Plants to increase the present level of co-firing at 5% from biomass to a higher level.
Research and Development in boiler design will be taken up so that it can handle the higher amount of alkalis and silica present in biomass pellets.
It will also sort out the constraints in the supply chain of biomass pellets and agro-residue to the power plants.
Duration: The duration of the proposed National Mission would be a minimum of 5 years.
Significance: The proposed National Mission on biomass will also contribute to the National Clean Air Programme(NCAP).
Co-firing is a low-cost option for efficiently and cleanly converting biomass to electricity. It adds biomass as a partial substitute fuel in high-efficiency coal boilers.