Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) has commissioned two biogas plants for solid-waste management.

The first plant treats the organic waste from canteens on the premises and a larger second plant was installed at the housing colony.

With four canteens servicing more than 5,000 employees, the VSSC generates a large volume of food waste. The new waste-treatment plant can produce biogas equivalent to 17 kg of LPG. The plant was opened by K.M. Nair, Chief Controller, VSSC.

A waste-treatment plant at the housing colony was inaugurated by P.S. Veeraraghavan, Director, VSSC.

As many as 550 families living in the colony generate about 650 kg organic waste every day. The plant is equipped with a pulveriser to crush the waste into small particles, in order to accelerate biodegradation. The energy produced from the plant will be used to power the streetlights in the colony.

The plant was installed with the technical assistance of Agro Machinery Consultancy at Kalamassery.

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