There is a pressing need for providing a platform for all stakeholders, directly or indirectly involved in the biomass production, processing and utilization, to interact, discuss and exchange ideas. The increased interest in the production and utilization of biomass shown by applied research programmers and industries throughout the world is mainly due to the varied products that could be extracted from processing the biomass. The beneficial biomass application has a large spectrum of activities ranging from bio-energy to bio-refinery; bio-fertilizers to bio-fuels; from extractable special chemicals to nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. Therefore this platform has to be large enough to accommodate all the active players and beneficiaries in this field.
What is IBA :
IBA is a National organization registered under Society Registration Act of India to provide platform for action and interaction for all those who wish to take interest in promoting awareness regarding the production and utilization of biomass, a significant wealth component of our country.
Mission and Vision:
To help guiding and forming a national biomass strategy to capitalize the available biomass in the country by channeling it into higher value downstream uses.
To help Industries and corporate bodies to identify opportunity leading to increased wealth and job creation from nation’s biomass
Definition of Biomass
Biomass is the oldest fuel used by mankind. Wood has been used as a fuel for cooking and heating for over 500,000 years, but has suffered a decline in the last century as the use of fossil fuels increased. However, the environmentally harmful effects of burning fossil fuels coupled with
the need to secure indigenous renewable sources of energy has resulted in a return to using natural and clean sources of energy such as biomass.
The term biomass encompasses a variety of fuels and technologies used to produce renewable energy. Biomass refers to land and water-based vegetation, organic wastes and photosynthetic organisms. These are non-fossil, renewable carbon resources from which energy can be produced and used as fossil fuel substitutes. Examples of biomass include: wood, grasses, crops, agricultural and municipal wastes.
Biomass can be burned to produce heat that is used to create steam to turn turbines to produce electricity. Therefore, energy from biomass can produce electricity and/or heat. Liquid biofuels can also be derived from biomass crops such as oilseed rape.
Energy from biomass and waste is often referred to as bioenergy. When plant material is burned for energy purposes carbon dioxide is released. However, because plants absorb carbon dioxide during their life cycle, the net emissions of carbon dioxide are zero. In this way, wood is said to be carbon neutral.
Multiple Benefits from Biomass
We take the ready availability of heat and electricity for granted. We are unaware of the environmental damage that results from the production of heat and power from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas.There are many environmental, economic and social benefits associated with the development of biomass as an energy source:
Net reduction in CO2 emissions - biomass is carbon neutral (there is no net increase in CO2, the main greenhouse gas, in the atmosphere) and can save millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum.
Secure energy supply - as an indigenous and self-sufficient source of energy, there is no risk of cut off in Supply
Biomass developments provide a valuable source of employment, especially in remote rural areas. The main employment categories created are:
Indian Biomass Association (IBA) aims at bringing together all the people working in the field of biomass application. This includes biomass generation from both plants and animals; both micro and macro forms..
Membership is open to for-profit and non-profit organizations and is open to all individuals including investors, researchers, producers, end-users, and technology.