Abstract: Energy demand is increasing exponentially in the developing countries like India due to rapid growth in population and industrial development. Conventional energy sources are depleting at a higher rate hence there is a search to look for different alternatives for electrical energy production. India is one of the world's largest producers of rice, accounting for 20% of all world rice production. Approximately 120 million tons of rice is produced every crop year. More than 60% this is processed in local rice mill and producing rice husk as waste biomass. Husk was primarily used for steam production for parboiling and drying process of rice. Rice husk based biomass plant can be an alternate source to meet electricity demand. Since availability of rice husk cannot be predicted instead of using only rice husk as fuel a mixture of biomass can also be used. In this paper proposal for rice husk based power generation and energy audit to recover the investment is discussed.
Keywords: Rice husk, green electricity, steam engine, energy audit.