HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 15 (ACN) Cuban specialists, with advice from India, set up a plant that will allow the use of rice husks to generate energy.
The work is carried out in the Enrique Troncoso mill, the largest in Pinar del Río, belonging to the Los Palacios Grain Agroindustrial Company, where the new technology will make it possible to save more than 200 tons of diesel per year.
Ariel Rodríguez, from the Cubaenergía company, explained to the Cuban Science Network website that the enormous volume of rice husks left after each harvest as residue of industrial activity constitutes one of the main pollution problems detected in the Pinar del Río municipality of Los Palacios.
On the other hand, he points out, this complex also stands out among the large consumers of energy in the territory, which could use more than a ton of diesel per day for drying the cereal.
Hence the idea of looking for a technology that would eliminate the problem of shell waste and turn it into something useful.
With the support of the Basal project (Environmental Bases for Local Food Sustainability), led by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, with international collaboration, the acquisition of the plant was achieved, which is currently in the start-up phase.
Broadly speaking, its operation consists of converting the shell into a combustible gas, with which the rice is then dried, and electricity is also generated to alleviate the industry's consumption.
In one working day, according to the specialists, it would be able to provide 2.4 MWh, with which part of the demand of Enrique Troncoso would be supplied and could be delivered to the National Electro-energetic System when the mill is not working.