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Energy Globe Award

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2015

Submitted by: Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (RIBB)
Production of bioethanol from different types of whey

Cheese whey, released as industrial wastes from dairy industries are not only environmental contaminants but also possess high energy value. At the same time treatment of whey before disposing of it into water bodies significantly reduces high BOD (30-60 g/l) and COD (60-80 g /l) of water, thereby reducing major environmental contaminants. Owing to the fact that 9 liters of whey are wasted per kilogram of cheese produced and the fact that Nepal Dairy Development Committee (DDC) produced 237,285 kg of cheese between April 2013 and April 2014, there is potential to produce 337,419.27 kWh energy from the entire cheese production facilities throughout Nepal that are owned by DDC. Nagarkot Cheese factory is one of the largest producers of cheese in Nepal and utilizing its waste to produce bioenergy would make the company be self-sustained in terms of electricity requirement. The Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (RIBB) has successfully produced 0.158 kWh of energy per cubic meter of whey (Cottage Whey and Mozzarella Whey) released on 25 liters fermentation tanks. This project is designed to install two 500 liter fermentation tanks at Nagarkot Cheese Factory. Thus RIBB will implement the project that would reduce major water pollutants as well as promote use of renewable energy.



The future is green or not at all!

Rajbhandari Prajwal

Jury-Rating
Cheese whey, released as industrial wastes from dairy industries are not only environmental contaminants but also possess high energy value. This year´s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Nepal is one of the largest producers of cheese in Nepal and is utilizing its waste to produce bioenergy. Congratulations to your achievements!