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Offer to Battle Air Pollution in NCR: NTPC To Utilize Stubble in Fuel Blend

The National Capital Region is fighting a pollution emergency with extremely poor quality of air, the major reason behind the smog is burning of rice stubbles in Haryana and Punjab.

New Delhi: The national capital region is battling a pollution crisis because of smog and to a high degree of poor air quality for more than week now and one of the significant reasons for this is boundless burning of rice stubbles by farmers in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh to rapidly prepare their fields for sowing wheat.

Huge number of farmers in Punjab and Haryana are burning the farm stubble which is causing air pollution. To control increasing air pollution in Delhi/NCR, the Centre has asked NTPC to secure farm stubble and use in its fuel mix.

NTPC is now ready to issue tenders in the coming days to buy farm stubble at Rs. 5500 per ton from farmers. The state-run power maker will utilize 10% of straw pellets in their fuel blend. A new market will be created under which service providers will bid after deciding with farmers. This will also create a market for framers and they can easily earn Rs 11,000 per acre from the sale of stubble to NTPC. Farmers, on an average gets around 2 tons of stubble in an acre. The use of farm stubble would not effect in the tariff escalation for the power generator. In addition to this Power Secretary A. K. Bhalla, told that the stubble pellets procured for power plant will not be used for this season, but the system will be in place.

TechSci Research also depicts that the increasing air pollution due to burning of farm stubbles coupled with growing awareness about the harmful effects of indoor air pollution in the metro cities is going to upsurge the demand for air purifiers nationwide. With the doctors proscribing the citizens to indulge in outdoor activities, the sales of air purifiers are expected to catch pace, thereby driving the India Air Purifiers Market.

According to the recently published report by TechSci Research, “India Air Purifiers Market, By Filter Type, By End User Sector, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2011-2021”, the market for air purifiers in India is projected to reach US $ 209 million by 2021. Residential as well as commercial sectors are expected to generate high demand for air purifiers in India during the forecast period, due to rising disposable income levels of consumers and increasing awareness among people about benefits of using air purifiers. HEPA combined with Activated Carbon-based air purifiers dominated air purifiers market in India because their high efficiency in removing particulate matter, odor and other harmful gases. Adoption of HEPA based air purifiers in the country is growing considerably in households, embassies, healthcare institutes, and other commercial spaces, and this trend is expected to continue over the next five years.

TechSci Research also depicts that Transformers play a vital role in power transmission and distribution network. With power being one of the most crucial factors for any country’s economic development, and India having emerged as the world’s third largest producer of electricity, after the US and China, demand for both power and distribution transformers continues to grow in the country. In 2016, India’s total installed capacity of power was 310 GW, and this figure is expected to further increase over the next five years. Increasing number of government policies to promote rural electrification such as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Saubhagya for monitoring household electrification progress, national grid, coal linkages and push for renewable energy are further driving power & distribution transformers demand in India. Rising technological advancements in transmission and distribution networks and increasing imports of transformers from China are among the emerging trends that are expected to gain more traction over the next five years.

According to the recently published report by TechSci Research, “India Power & Distribution Transformers Market, By Transformer Type, By Power Output, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2012-2022”, power & distribution transformers market in India is projected to surpass $ 3 billion by 2022. Distribution transformers dominated India power & distribution transformers market over the past few years, and this trend is anticipated to continue in the coming years, as well. Growing demand for distribution transformers in India can be attributed to increasing focus of Government of India to provide access to electricity to all rural households of the country. Furthermore, the west region garnered the largest share in the country’s power & distribution market in 2016, and the region is anticipated to continue its dominance through 2022, owing to rising number of power projects being undertaken coupled with increasing urbanization and industrialization in the region.

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