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Harness crop residues for textile fibres: Fortum India

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Mar '20
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Agricultural waste burned in fields across states around Delhi would be enough to replace over half of global cotton production by building bio-refineries and textile fibre production plants to make efficient use of biomass, according to Faizur Rehman, head of Fortum India’s Bio2X programme. This would help improve air quality and carbon dioxide levels.

Fortum is a Finnish state-owned energy company focusing on the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland, Russia and India. Fortum operates power plants, including co-generation plants.

The crop residue potential varies significantly among Indian states. In terms of gross potential, it ranges from a minimum of 0.21 metric tonnes (MT) in Mizoram to a maximum of 121 MT in Uttar Pradesh. Sugarcane, wheat and rice contribute more than 90 per cent residue generated in Uttar Pradesh, he said.

Punjab, another agriculturally advanced state of India, produces 83 MT gross residues annually, he told Fibre2Fashion in an interview.

For the full interview, please click here.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)


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