India’s first solid waste-to-hydrogen plant will be set up in Pune, Maharashtra at an investment of over Rs 430 crore.
The plant will be set up by sustainability solutions provider TheGreenBillions (TGBL). The company has entered into a 30-year-long agreement with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
The plant will treat 350 tonne of solid garbage every day by 2024. The plan is to produce 10 tonne of hydrogen daily from 350 tonne of solid waste.
The plant will come up at Hadapsar Industrial Estate in Pune. This is the first attempt in India to extract hydrogen from waste.
The company will infuse Rs 350 crore in setting up the plant and an additional Rs 82 crore will be spent to construct the storage facility and logistics support. The PMC will Rs 347 per tonne to TGBL as tipping fee to treat the waste.
The first 10 tonne reactor will be installed by November 2023 and the target to complete the plant is November 2024.
Moreover, Broadcast Engineering Consultants India (BECIL) will provide the project management consulting, while Variate Pune Waste to Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TGBL, will implement the project.
The refuse derived fuel from the waste will be used to generate hydrogen using plasma gasification technology.