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 Post subject: "bio thermal energy" from Ginisiriya
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 7:42 pm 
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Ginisiriya, Lanka's fourth National Plantation Crop

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Alternative energy with ginisiriya

By H. P. Sunil Rupasinghe – Matale / WS 28Jan2006

The Ministry of Science and Technology is planning to generate more and more alternative energy with the cultivation of ginisiriya in 4.5 million acres of land which are hitherto uncultivated. According to the Ministry, power generation projects in the Nuwara Eliya district using ginisiriya are in progress at the moment and they are proving to be great successes. The Minister has instructed to undertake this programme as it would meet 60 percent of the energy requirement of the country. The Government has already identified new areas for ginisiriya cultivation and hopes to allow even private companies to participate in this effort.


BY CHAMIKARA Weerasinghe
@ CDN / 19Aug2005


THE Cabinet has named Ginisiriya, also known as wetamara, ladappa, nanchi, kola pohora and Sevana a commonly used variety for tree fencing and a fuelwood as the fourth National Plantation Crop in Sri Lanka after tea, rubber and coconut.

This declaration has come at a time the Government has stepped up action to promote the cultivation of Ginisiriya or Gliricidia sipium on a national plan as an energy crop, to be used in the production of electricity to the National Grid.

Power and Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha said they were now convinced that "bio thermal energy" has the potential for generating grid electricity.

Bio thermal energy or the dendro option is expected to play a major role in combating the country's present power crisis in the context of rising oil prices in the international market.

Minister of Plantations Industries Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said moves were under way by the Government to grow Gliricidia covering half a million acres .

The Cabinet has approved the establishing of an inter ministerial committee comprising Secretaries of the Power and Energy Ministry, Agriculture and Land Ministry, Rural and Small Scale Industries Ministry and Plantations and Industries to determine the policy directives to monitor Gliricidia cultivations to formulate an effective institutional framework for the utilisation of crops.

Meanwhile, it has been pointed out at the International Conference on Issues for the Sustainable Use of Biomass Resources for Energy in Sri Lanka, at the Trans Asia Hotel, Colombo, that dendro power option would bring other benefits such as the growth in rural economy, employment generation, foreign exchange savings, enlargement of livestock industry and link industries in Sri Lanka.

Parakrama Jayasinghe, President, Bio Energy Association of Sri Lanka told the conference that the country would be able to generate 5752.5 GWH of electrical energy meeting 50 per cent of the total energy requirement with the use of dendro power.

He said the total foreign exchange savings by this would be Rs. 46 billion.

This will have a tree or forest area of 176,630 hectares for Sri Lanka by 2010, estimates the Bio Energy Association of Sri Lanka.

Prof. Giovanni Riva said Sri Lanka should start using bio energy now before it could run into a worst power crisis in the near future by being dependent on expensive fossil fuel.

Representatives from Energy Resource Institute (TERI) of India, Comitato Termotecnico Itaaliano (CTI) and Natural Resources Institute of University of Greenwich (NRI), UK were present.


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