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  1. What does EPPI and BEEPS stand for?

    EPPI stands for Energy Plantations Projects India

    BEEPS stands for Biomass Energized Electrical Power Station.

  2. Where is EPPI's pilot biomass plantation located?

    In Sivagangai district, Tamil Nadu State, India (approximately 50 kms from Madurai)

  3. Is EPPI an NGO?

    No, EPPI is a Public Limited Company.

  4. Does EPPI's biomass tree grow under arid conditions?

    Biomass trees grow under arid conditions provided minimum irrigation facilities is made.

  5. How can I be associated of EPPI?

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  6. I have lands and I want to grow trees, what should I do?

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  7. I have biomass. Will EPPI buy it from me?

    As a company policy, EPPI does not purchase biomass from sources other than EPPI's plantations or from EPPI's contract farms.

  8. Where can I obtain plant materials?

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  9. Is this an Afforestation program or a Deforestation program?

    EPPI will not be cutting a single existing tree from natural habitat. However, company will be planting millions of trees to raise biomass / firewood for power production. Moreover these trees are grown in fallow waste lands. Hence, this is certainly an Afforestation program.

  10. Does growing trees affect food crop production?

    Certainly not. EPPI is very much against growing of trees in lands where food crops are grown. However, if farmers who grow food crops are interested in growing trees, they may plant trees along the boundary of their lands.

  11. Isn't it a Carbon emission activity?

    No, it is a carbon sequestration activity.

  12. How much is 1 MW?

    1000 times 1 KW is one MW. (1000 KW = 1 MW)

  13. How do you measure Electrical Power?

  14. What is biomass?

    Biomass is the organic matter produced by plants. Biomass is also used to denote products derived from living organisms - wood from trees, harvested grasses, plant parts and residues such as twigs, stems and leaves, as well as aquatic plants and animal wastes.

  15. How is biomass used?

    People have used biomass for heating and cooking for thousands of years. The solar energy trapped by plants can be converted to electricity or fuel which has substantially lower environmental impacts than traditional fossil fuels.

  16. How is energy generated from biomass??

    When biomass is burnt, it produces heat (as in any simple fireplace or furnace). In most power plants (steam-cycle or steam-turbine systems), this heat in turn generates steam by boiling water, which turns turbines and drives generators that convert the energy into electricity. Following figure explains the concept.

    New technologies are now being evaluated. These include several types of biomass gasifiers in which biomass is heated to convert it into a gas. This gas is used directly in a gas turbine, which drives a generator (a simple gas turbine system). In some cases, the waste heat from the gas turbine may be used to drive a secondary steam turbine, thus converting more of the fuel energy into electricity (a combined-cycle system).

  17. What are the benefits of using biomass for energy generation?

    As with many other renewable energy sources, biomass is capable of simultaneously addressing the nation's energy, environmental and socio - economic needs. Increased use of biomass for energy would lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced dependence on foreign oil, an improved balance of trade and an improved rural economy.

  18. What are the environmental benefits of biomass?

    The use of biomass energy provides a multitude of environmental benefits. It can help mitigate climate change; reduce acid rain; helps in soil conservation, control of water and air pollution; minimize pressure on landfills; provide wildlife habitat and help maintain forest health through better management.

  19. Is biomass really a renewable source of energy?

    Yes. If biomass is cultivated and harvested in a way that allows re-growth without depleting natural resources, it is a renewable resource that can be used to generate energy on demand, with little or no net contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions.

  20. You are burning the wood to produce Power. Isn't it a direct atmospheric pollution activity?

    Burning of wood, if not preceded by producing the biomass forests, is certainly a pollution creating activity. But, if forests are produced for the firewood and continued to do so, it becomes a carbon sequestration activity. In other words, as it is said colloquially, "It is net-net negative emission".

  21. How does EPPI handle the ash generated after burning the firewood?

    The burnt ash is a good ingredient for green manure. It is a general practice to mix this ash with grass or green leaves to make green manure and the same will be used in EPPI's plantations for improving the biomass yield. In addition, the ash can be used in the cement industry, in the fire-brick industry in the thermal insulator industry and many more.

  22. What is just-in-time harvest?

    One cannot harvest large quantities of biomass and store them for usage. This will result in Logistical and storage problems. However, if one harvests a quantity "Just enough for say, a 15 day storage" and harvests "timely to reach the end consumer", it will result in economic handling of biomass. This principle is called "Just - in - Time" harvesting. Just - in - Time Harvesting allows increased biomass availability due to the simple fact, namely "Uncut trees keep growing".

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