Technology developed in India for kitchen-waste biogas production is all set to be implemented in the island-nations of Fiji and Vanuatu in the coming days.

Mysuru-based National Institute of Engineering’s Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (NIE-CREST) will implement two indigenous technology-based projects in the countries.

In an informal chat with BusinessLine on the sidelines of a workshop on kitchen-waste biogas plants here on Thursday, S Shamsundar, Director of NIE-CREST, said the centre has designed kitchen-waste biogas units of different capacities for Fiji and Vanuatu.

Stating that IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is emphasising the need for the use of green technology, he said the centre has agreed to fund a 1-tonne capacity kitchen-waste biogas unit for a prison in Suva, capital of Fiji. The plant can process 1,000 kg of kitchen waste a day to produce biogas.

“NIE-CREST will build a 100-kg capacity kitchen-waste biogas plant for a school in Vanuatu. The German agency GTZ is funding this project,” he said.

“Kitchen wastes such as rice starch, used tea and coffee powder, over-ripe fruits, vegetable wastes, leftover rice and other cooked waste can be used to feed the plant,” Shamsundar said.

He said the units will be set up in the next three months.