The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi), sign a MOU with the Denmark-based DESMI to setup ‘DESMI Centre of Excellence on Waste to Wealth’ at IIT Delhi.
DESMI Center for Excellence (CoE) is set with the motive to remove the wastage from drains including Babarpur, Barapullah and other water bodies in Delhi and generate resource from the mixed waste feedstock collected.
IIT Delhi and DESMI will work together to adapt, modify and create new mechanical tools to clean water bodies.
The MoU to set up the DESMI Centre of Excellence was signed between Henrik Sorensen, group CEO, DESMI, Denmark, Prof Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi and Prof K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India on Friday.
VijayRaghavan said that, “We urgently need to clean our waterways which feed into our rivers and oceans. Simultaneously, we need to change our attitudes so that we own our commons and not orphan them.”
The main idea is to use the waste that is being generated out of the big cities and see how that can be converted into wealth, said the IIT-Delhi director.
The CoE will provide support to implement a framework of pilot projects which includes-
- waste collection and management in general;
- liquid waste and solid municipal waste management with possible energy generation and or recovery of material for useful purposes,
- management of floating solid wastes in water bodies,
- removal of floating solid wastes for maintaining cleanliness and automated/energy efficient collection of waste from streams, water bodies, rivers and sea with smart and cost-effective segregation of solid-wastes based by post-processing methodologies.