23 Jan '13, 7pm

Why India's Waste-to-Energy Industry Won't Catch Fire

Why India's Waste-to-Energy Industry Won't Catch Fire

K.S. Sivaprasad, an engineer from India, spent four decades perfecting a factory that accepts city trash, dries it, picks out the burnable elements and ignites them to create electricity. His first full-scale plant chews through 700 tons of garbage a day and delivers 5.5 megawatts to the power grid. Garbage on the tracks in Mumbai. Bureaucracy is just one reason that waste-to-energy plants do not yet exist in India. The unfortunate part is that the plant is in Malaysia, not India, where the process was invented. Mr. Sivaprasad, an energetic 80-year-old, went abroad after repeatedly trying to build his project in India but finding that the system was stacked against him, he says. India tosses more than 188 million tons of garbage each day, but is falling behind other Asian nations in early efforts to turn it into electricity. The Chinese government claims to be on track to ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/why-indias-wast...

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