China’s first straw-burning power project switches on

SUQIAN, JIANGSU, December 22 — China’s first self-developed straw-burning power generation project has begun pilot operation in Suqian, in east China’s Jiangsu Province, according to the China Energy Conservation Investment Corporation (CECIC).

The RMB248 million (US$31.8 million) project is expected to burn 170,000-200,000 tons of straw and generate 132 million kWh of electricity a year, Yang Xincheng, general manager of CECIC told Xinhua this week.

Around 140 million tons of straw and crop stalks are burned beside fields or on nearby highways in China each year, threatening the environment as well as the lives of drivers and pedestrians.

By making full use of this wasted resource, China can save the equivalent of 100 million tons of coal, Yang said.

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