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From Kill to Kilowatt

Friday, April 21, 2017
By A Staff Reporter

Deonar Slaughter House turns waste into energy

Asia's biggest Slaughter House has gone green. This pre-Earth Day initiative that will benefit Deonar and Mumbai city immensely is an association between BMC and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. At the facility, thousands of kilos of slaughter waste is now being converted into energy!

The trial to convert waste into energy was begun a few days ago and the experiment was successful. The convertor has a capacity to process 15 thousand kgs of waste into energy at one time. Till date within a period of 40 days, the BMC has been able to generate one thousand units of electricity, as informed by Deonar General Manager Dr Yogesh Shetye. One thousand units of energy is equal to one kilowatt  hour. The value of one unit if Rs 15, so till now the BMC has generated energy worth Rs 15 thousand.

The abattoir slaughters almost 3000 sheep and goats every single day and on special occasions like Id, almost double the number of animals are slaughtered. This huge number of animals being slaughtered every single day also results in generation of a lot of biological waste. The new project aims to create a 'zero garbage' slaughter house. “We are yet to reach the goal of zero-garbage' but we will be successful soon” Said Dr Shetye. The biomethanation gas plant started functioning from March 5, 2017.

The plant helps process 7 to 8 thousand kgs of waste into 400 to 450 cubic meters of methane gas. This gas can be roughly converted into 62.5 KVA of energy which was generated, once the plant reaches its full capacity it can  generate 75 units of energy. This energy will now be used for the abattoir itself to run the pump, shredder machine, electric lights, fan, air circulatory fan, halogen lights and street lights.

The BMC now plans to start another plant along with the existing one to process five thousand kgs of biological waste which will add up the total waste to energy project to 20 thousand kgs. The remains from the plant will later be converted into fertilizer which might help the civic body make some money by selling the fertilizer.

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