Recycling At Its Best: A Mumbai Temple Utilises Wet Waste For Generating Electricity

One of the places in Goregaon, Mumbai which has the biggest temple trusts has set up a hybrid system, a combination of biogas plant coupled with solar panels. This will not only produce electricity from wet waste generated in its premises but also with a target to gradually shift to renewable energy for power.

The Shree Ayyappa Temple in Bangur Nagar, Goregaon West, Mumbai is in news for its innovative concept in motion. The temple generates 500 kilograms of wet waste including all the floral offerings.

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Not just this, in the coming months, the temple is also planning to set up a waste water treatment plant to ensure that all the waste water generated from its temple premises can be reused.

Retired Colonel Chandrashekhar Unni, Joint Secretary of the temple trust stated, “We had the biogas plant setup and the gas produced was used for small purposes but we decided to better the system thus not only a setup was added to convert the gas into electricity but solar panels too were added and the electricity which will be generated will now help us light up a small community hall.”

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Presently, since the set up is at a pilot level hence only two solar panels have been added.

Unni stated, “Our final aim is to ensure that we can power the entire premises using renewable energy by next year. Every month we want to increase the output of both solar as well as biogas plant.”

He further went on to add that they are also planning to discuss about this with all the nearby temples and collect the wet waste and use it for the biogas plant.

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A resident of Malad, Mumbai named Harish Mistry has helped the temple trust by providing the biogas plant and setting up solar panels.

He stated, “We have set up a system where all the wet waste is put into the biogas digestor and the anaerobic composting releases methane gas which is converted into electricity with fuel cells. To improve the capacity we have added solar panels and the electricity generated will be stored in batteries or invertor.”

This is such a great step towards producing electricity by other means by utilizing wet waste. We hope all the temples in near future adopt the same method then there won’t be shortage of power in future.

by Vijay Singh | Sat, Jun 30 - 03:47 PM

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