GSH group India won an award for its work with an Indian FMCG firm Kaleesuwari switching from coal to biomass products, including turmeric and sawdust, to produce steam for its refineries in India at Energy Institute Awards hosted at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane.
GSH Group is a global integrated facilities management company founded in UK and has worked with Kaleesuwari since 2015 managing its refineries in India. In November 2017 they started to mix biomass – including sawdust, wood charcoal powder and turmeric – with coal as a fuel for the fluidized-bed combustion boilers in two power refineries in Palani and Chennai. Over the course of the following six months, this increased to 60% and 20% biomass respectively, and GSH achieved a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions together with a 15% reduction in the cost of steam. Biomass ash content is low compared to coal, making for easy and more environmentallyfriendly disposal. And the products, which are sustainably sourced from close to the refineries, are safer to store.