India: electricity from the Babool tree

The beneficial effects of Babool on health have long been known in India. By chewing on a piece of Babool, the tannin it contains provides protection against mold and bacteria that lodge in the oral system. Research is also being carried out by the Department of Unconventional Energy Sources in Rajasthan, where the plant is present in abundance, to study the possibility of producing electricity from its combustion.

According to studies, 12 kg of Babool would produce 7.5 kWh of electricity. The production of electricity from Babool is less expensive (2.50 rupees / unit) than conventional sources (3 to 4.5 rupees / unit). Thanks to a power station, installed with the help of the State of Rajasthan and the Indian government, it will be possible to offer a very profitable electricity by using agricultural materials not used for the regions difficult to electrify.

Source: Hindustan Times, 08 / 09 / 2004
Editor: ROBIC Erwan

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