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- Indian Institute of Technology-Madras is taking up academia-industry collaboration for technology development in thermal power generation using paddy straw as fuel.
- The tie-up aims to tackle stubble burning, which is often cited as the reason for smog and air pollution in New Delhi.
- Stubble burning causes soil erosion, kills beneficial soil organisms and emits harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and methane along with particulate matter.
- The collaborating industry is SAEL (Sukhbir Agro Energy Ltd), which collects,transports and stores paddy straw for use at two biomass-based power plants, one in Uttar Pradesh and the other in Punjab.