Pine Needles Based Biomass Gasifier "A Pilot Project"



Availability of Biomass in Uttarakhand


The total area of Pine Forest in reserve forest in Uttarakhand is about 3.43 Lakh Hectare. These Pine forests in Uttarakhand produces about 20.58 lakhs tones dry biomass (pine needle) annually. Since carriage of pine needle is not easy, hence if we consider the carriage of pine needles from the pine forests which are near to habitation or near the road head than approximately 40% of the biomass can be transported. Hence we can hope to get about 8.23 lakh tones every year and about 0.80 lakh tones pine needles is available in Van Panchayat and Civil Soyam Forest. The quantity of lantana can be taken as 2 Qtls/Hectare in reserve forest and in protected areas such as Rajaji National Park and Corbet National Park, the average yield of lantana is about 10 tls/Hectare. Keeping in this mind UREDA had organised a workshop on prospective uses of pine needles for energy application on September 2010.