Energy Farming for Transforming Wastelands
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A private limited company registered in New Delhi, India, CleanStar Energy was launched in 2005 based on an award-winning research at Oxford University.
In 2006, it was recognized as one of the top 10 sustainable New Ventures in India by the World Resources Institute (Washington), USAID and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
End-to-End BioEnergy Value-Chains
CleanStar Energy recognised early on the importance of end-to-end bioenergy value chains integrating feedstock supply to processing in order to produce biodiesel at economically competitive prices.
The company’s 30-acre Jatropha based biofuel plantation grown on marginal land with minimal inputs in Beed district, rural Maharashtra, after the initial promise, however, failed to deliver on the potential.
Those that were provided with irrigation in the first 2 years grew to become large bushes but those that were rain fed became stunted. The region gets an average of 500 mm of rainfall annually. However, after 7 years, in 2014, most of the 30,000 saplings that were planted succumbed to root rot, owing to poor quality of the saplings.
The company has since changed its focus to Pongamia, a species native to India and known to thrive in arid and semi arid areas. And having understood the importance of quality planting material, CleanStar Energy will be using grafted clones of selected elite Pongamia chosen for its high and consistent yields.
CleanStar Energy will be working with the only Scientist in India credited with having formulated the methodology for selection of elite Pongamia, and cloning them using natural grafting techniques.
CleanStar Energy brings more than a decade of field experience in setting up and managing organised biofuel plantations on barren/fallow lands.
The company is now focused on promoting Energy Farming on mining wastelands and barren/fallow lands using agroforestry techniques, positively impacting soil, water tables and air quality but also producing green energy products such as bio-diesel, bio-coal and bio-CNG.