Licella and Unnmukt Urja sign MOU to explore rice straw residues to biofuel opportunity in India

May 25, 2020 | 2 mins read

India generates approximately 683 million tons of dry agricultural biomass every year. Licella and Unnmukt Urja to explore biofuel opportunity in India.

India generates approximately 683 million tons of dry agricultural biomass every year.  Biomass residues generated from rice crops account for approximately 178 million tons of this. The current practice to deal with rice straw residues (the waste biomass left behind after harvesting) is to burn it. Widespread agricultural burning is a huge issue of air pollution in India and leads to some of India’s major cities having the lowest air quality in the world.  Every year around 15-20 million tonnes of crop stubble (mainly rice straw) is burnt in Punjab and Haryana. During the peak crop burning season in Punjab, the air pollution in Delhi is 20 times higher than the threshold for safe air as defined by the World Health Organization.

Licella Holdings Ltd (“Licella”) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work in partnership with Indian based company Unnmukt Urja Private Limited (“Unnmukt Urja”), to explore the opportunity for utilising Licella’s innovative Cat-HTR™ (‘Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor’) technology as a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and higher value solution for rice straw residues in India.

The partnership between Licella and Unnmukt Urja aligns to the Indian Government’s strong focus on biofuels and more sustainable alternatives to deal with biomass waste and agricultural residues. Biofuel from biomass has been recognised as an advanced biofuel in India’s Biofuel Policy 2018.

About Unnmukt Urja

The idea of growing food and energy from the same farm sparked off a quest which led to the foundation of Unnmukt Urja Pvt. Ltd.

Unnmukt Urja has designed a smart and innovative supply chain system which significantly reduces the aggregation cost of low bulk density grass crop straw making it viable for biocrude production. Based on this supply chain system, Unnmukt Urja has formulated a business plan which while returning profit takes care of the society and environment and makes us a triple bottom line company, in its truest sense.

For further detail, please visit their website here.