BSS-50 Session on ‘Biogas Based Power Generation’ held





Session on ‘Biogas Based Power Generation’ held

DHAKA, June 25 2020 (BSS) – A session titled ‘Biogas Based Power Generation for Smart and Healthy City,’ organized by global development charity Practical Action was held at the 20th National Renewable Energy Conference & Green Expo 2020 today.

The session was chaired by Md. Helal Uddin, Additional Secretary of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and Ex-Chairman Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) at a virtual conference, said a press release.

“We have to come out of the concept of Biogas that includes some animals, a plant and a digester which will eventually stop working after serving several months and must upscale biogas and biogas-based power generation to a commercial level, so that biogas can take care to reduce the carbon dioxide emission,” he said focusing on the fact that the reduction of waste generation and greenhouse gas emission is the way leading to achieve greener, smart and healthy cities.

He also concluded the session by saying, “Policy support, policy influencing, guidelines are needed for the multi sectoral stakeholders to accelerate the biogas revival initiatives for smart and healthy cities in Bangladesh”, said the release.

The keynote speaker M A Matin, Ex-Director General, Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogra presented his keynote speech focusing on the solid waste management thorough community based bio gas model through which RDA produces gas, fertilizer and waste2value simultaneously.

Emphasizing on the implementation of the concept 3R (Reduce, Recycle and Reuse’ to resolve the difficulties related to the gigantic production of waste in cities, he also showed a prominent example of Package Sewage Treatment System which was replicated at Swapna Nagar and Uttara.

During the session, Shawkat A Begum, Bangladesh Country Director of Practical Action, put focus on the environment friendliness of Biogas which can be used to lessen the urban environmental degradation as a discussant.

She also mentioned some of the remarkable projects of Practical Action that are working on reviving biogas schemes and producing waste2resource in Bangladesh.

Engineer Uttam Kumar Saha, Strategic Lead of Practical Action, discussed the reasons and aftermaths of rapid urbanization and the working scopes of the municipalities.

Dr. Ahmedul Hye Chowdhury, Senior Vice President and Environmental Specialist, Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) talked about developing strategy for Municipal Solid Waste management in Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) of Bangladesh and the opportunities embedded with the development of biogas programs in Bangladesh.

Dr. Samir Kumar Sarkar, Director, Training Division, RDA Bogra discussed on pyrolysis and gasification technology to produce biogas in a more efficient way at RDA Bogra which can be replicated in some other areas.

Abdul Gofran, Chairman, Bangladesh Biogas Development Foundation proposed some recommendations that include proper technology to revive the biogas programs, planning solid wastemanagement systems and implementation and collaboration among different sectoral stakeholders.

Mr. Abdus Shaheen, Country Programme Manager, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) discussed on how WSUP is planning to initiate project-based activities on waste2resource utilizing the municipal solid waste and faecal sludge which will contribute both to biogas production, solving the problems regarding huge waste generation in Bangladesh.

BSS/PR/RQ/ARS/2250 hrs