The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is likely to setup Waste to Hydrogen (WtH) plant in Pune, Maharashtra.

PMC has partnered with The Green Billions (TGBL) to manage its waste and generate it into useable green hydrogen. TGBL’s special purpose vehicle (SPV) or subsidiary, Variate Pune Waste to Energy Private Limited, will be undertaking the work.

The scope of the project includes managing and utilising the municipal waste of 350 tonnes per day (TPD) for generating hydrogen for 30 years. This waste will comprise biodegradable, non-biodegradable and domestic hazardous waste. This waste would be segregated at the facility by TGBL in Pune using optical sensor technology. The Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) from the waste would later be utilised to generate hydrogen using plasma gasification technology.

It is estimated that 150 TPD RDF and 9MT tonnes of hydrogen would be generated out of 350 TPD waste.Mahatma Phule Renewable Energy & Infrastructure Technology (MAHAPREIT), a Maharashtra government undertaking, has proposed to offtake the hydrogen generated at the facility and develop logistical infrastructure for hydrogen transportation to industries for this. For the first phase of the project, MAHAPREIT proposes blending in the city gas distribution network in Pune by partnering with Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (a joint venture of GAIL (India) Limited and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).