Steam drum that condenses steam, before cooling it to its natural temperature
A view of our factory, framed by its surrounding nature
Traditionally discarded paddy husk is collected from participating farmers and used as fuel for biomass power generation
Two engineers discuss the future expansion of our facilities as the sun sets over the trinco harbour
The furnace burns cleanly at 1100°C turning biological waste into renewable energy
An engineer records readings from our pressure gauges at our biomass power plant
This year we are proud to announce our newest venture into the world of eco-friendly power generation with our 5MW Dendro Power Project with an investment of Rs. 1.5 billion. This new venture in Mahiyangana will operate parallel to our existing 10 MW biomass power plant in Trincomalee.
Our initial foray into green energy was focused on introducing cleaner fuels to our factories. In 2008, we invested 2.4 billion rupees to commission a 10 megawatt biomass plant in Trincomalee. The plant uses paddy husk and gliricidia as its energy source.
The materials, which were selected on the basis of availability and ability to generate 3,000 – 45,000 kilocalories per kilogram when dry, are obtained in Sri Lanka’s dry zone, particularly in the Eastern and North Central provinces. These areas feature an abundance of rice mills and are ideal for growing gliricidia, the tree legume from which fuel wood is obtained. The investment helped our three manufacturing facilities in Trincomalee to embrace green energy and be independent from the national grid.
This move saved us a lot on our energy bills. We also sell the excess power generated to the national grid. This adds, in a small way, to our revenue streams. Our contribution also helps power a section of the country’s energy requirements in an environmentally friendly manner.
This biomass power generation has a 360 degree overview on sustainability. It generates revenue, trims costs and reduces our carbon footprint. The project also helps rural farming communities, that supply our plant with paddy husk, which is generally a waste product that is discarded and gliricidia, that grows in their villages.