VARANASI: In a first of its kind recycling project, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) will draw power generated from waste products on its campus.
The university, which is more than a century old, will soon have a plant generating 3.5 megawatt (MW) power per day from trash.
This trash, including medical waste, horticulture waste, metal and glass will be collected from the 1,360-acre BHU campus.
BHU uses 16MW power every day. After this plant is operational, 3.5MW power will come from here in addition to the 6.5MW generated from solar power per day already. This will lead to considerable saving in electricity bills for the university.
“The university will not only be the first one in the state but arguably the first in the country to generate power from campus waste, and save on hefty electricity bills,” said vice-chancellor Prof Rakesh Bhatnagar.
He said the university had recently finalized the project with an Indian private company that uses American technology for power generation from waste. The project, expected to begin shortly, will give 30% relief to BHU in its average annual electricity bill of Rs 66 crore, he added. This would mean a saving of almost Rs 20 crore.