Maharashtra Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray on Monday inaugurated the country’s first organic waste-powered EV charging station on Keshavrao Khadye Road near Haji Ali in Mumbai.
The station, the first of its kind, will generate 220 units of electricity from food waste collected in the surrounding areas, mostly from large producers such as hotels and offices. In addition to powering street lamps, this energy system is now also intended to charge electric vehicles.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now planning to set up an organic waste-fueled electric vehicle charging station in each of the 24 administrative districts.
Minister for Environment and Tourism Aaditya Thackeray inaugurated the charging station for electric vehicles on Monday afternoon.
The project is a joint venture between the citizenship and AeroCare Clean Energy. This is the first project of its kind in the country to use food waste to convert it into energy. A waste incinerator was built in Minatai Thackeray Park and started operating in September 2021. Since then, 1.5 lakh kg of food has been used to generate electricity. The charging station for electric cars is connected to the same project.
Aaditya Thackeray tweeted: “Today India’s first biogas powered electric vehicle charging station inaugurated at Keshavrao Khadye Marg, generating 220 units of energy from household waste. In addition to powering streetlights, this power plant will now also charge electric vehicles.”
Ankit Zaveri, CEO of AeroCare Clean Energy, said: “Currently 3-4 electric cars are coming to the station. We are working on a public awareness campaign and are also considering expanding and opening more charging stations for electric vehicles using organic waste in the city.”
The plant was inaugurated last September as one of the first small and localized waste incinerators. The plant processes 2 tons or 2,000 kg of wet waste per day.
The facility was developed on an abandoned lot on Keshvrao Khadye Road near Haji Ali County. Covering an area of 2,000 square meters, it can produce 80 to 110 cubic meters of gas per day and 220 units of electricity per ton of waste.
Biodegradable kitchen waste such as fruit/vegetable peels, tea leaves, coffee powder, eggshells, meat and bones, leftovers, leaves and flowers are composted, which are categorized as wet waste.