In a gesture to help human beings stay in harmony with nature, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) is formulating environment friendly methods of disposing and using waste. In its recent activity, it has installed a biogas plant whichturns waste into wealth.
The concept of biogas is producing usable LPG gas from food waste. The food waste is generated by the college canteen itself. According to official information from IIMB, the plant can produce fuel equivalent to two LPG cylinders a day.
Not only the gas but also the by-product of the processed waste is used in the form of compost, rich innutrients. This in turn is utilised as manure for plants on 100 acrecampus.
The firm that is behind such an initiative is GPS Renewables. This has been the driving force behind the set up of the plant. It is headquartered in Bengaluru and the founders are alumni ofIIMB. Their names are Sreekrishna Sankar, Mainak Chakraborty and Mohit Behl. They founded the firm in 2012. Sreekrishna and Mainak were awarded 'Top Innovatorsunder the age of 35' by MIT Technology Review in 2014.
The firm has also won awards such as WWF Climate Solver Award 2014 and the Sankalp Award in the Clean Energy category. Its clients include top-notch organizations in the IT, education andhospitality sectors in India, Bangladesh and the US. They have also bagged the Global Top 5 position in the Tech Awards, given by the Tech Museum ofInnovation, Los Angeles in 2015, and in 2016, their product BioUrjawas named one of the 10 most sustainable innovations in the energyspace by Sustainia, a reputed Scandinavian think tank.
Next in cards for the IIMB is to install a rooftop solar power plant of400 KW capacity.