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Zeroemissions registers a Project with the United Nations

March 12, 2010

The Clean Development Mechanism project being carried out by Zeroemissions and Beach Minerals Company is known as BMC1 and the United Nations has designated it as "Biomass Gasification based Power Generation by Beach Minerals Company Private Limited”.

BMC1, located in Kuttam, in the district of Tirunelveli to be precise, in the state of Tamil Nadu in India, consists of a power station for the generation of 1.5 MW of electricity from a renewable source.

The technology that has been used to carry out this project is based on biomass gasification. This biomass is an invasive species that abounds in the region. Biomass gasification is a thermochemical process that is carried out at temperatures greater than 700 ºC and converts carbonaceous materials into combustible gases. The Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore was put in charge of designing the necessary technology for the gasification applied to Beach Minerals Company’s project.

Thanks to the generation of clean electricity generated through this project, it will save about 8,000 tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere each year.

The project will also contribute to the creation of specialised local employment, as it involves a technology that is not very common in the region. This employment will be maintained for at least 10 years, this being the project’s credit period. Likewise, and due to the uncommon nature of the technology used, the employees will acquire new knowledge and some new working habits that are more respectful of the environment.

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