Vadodara Kitchen launches the BioUrja Plant


Akshaya Patra has launched the ‘BioUrja’ Plant, a bio-waste-to-energy solution at its centralised kitchen at Vadodara, Gujarat. The plant which was funded by the Alstom Foundation was launched on May 22, 2014. It was inaugurated by Rajendra Shrivastav, Managing Director (India), Thermal Power-Nuclear Business, Alstom Power and Pinal Patel, Hydro India EHS Director at Alstom Power, alongside Jaganmohan Krishna Dasa, President of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Gujarat, as well as other senior officials of Alstom India and The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

This unique waste management project aims to reduce waste and replace hydrocarbon usage to save energy. This eco-friendly source of energy for cooking the mid-day meal will generate around 115-120 kilograms of LPG equivalent per day from an approximate bio-waste generation of around 1600-1700 kg/day. This innovative facility in the Vadodara kitchen will take care of 1/3rd of the LPG needs in the kitchen at less than five per cent of the current recurring cost.

The Vadodara kitchen was the second Akshaya Patra kitchen to be set up in Gujarat. The kitchen which started in November 2009 feeds 113,593 children across 616 Government schools across Vadodara city, Padra and Vagodia talukas every day. Because of the sheer scale of the operations undertaken at the Vadodara kitchen, the amount of waste generated in the cooking process is very large as well, underlining the need for a sustainable, eco-friendly waste-management solution.

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