Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is currently implementing the Sustainable Biomass Energy Project (SBEP) with the financial assistance of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The objective of the project is to enhance the knowledge of identified stakeholders from the industries using biomass as the major source of energy.
SBEP has assigned SLEMA to organize training workshops for the target group of the project, aiming to share knowledge on biomass energy technology and efficient use of biomass. Twelve training workshops have been planned for four categories covering engineers, factory officers, engineers from export processing zones and law enforcement officers.
Training workshops targeting factory officers and technicians from tea industry were held at following venues.
29th January 2018 Tea Research Institute, Thalawakele
15th February 2018 Tea Research Institute, Rathnapura
19th February 2018 Uva Management Development Institute, Badulla
28th February 2018 Southern Provincial Management Development and Training Institute, Wakwella, Galle
The objective of above workshops is to provide knowledge on efficient use of firewood and operation & maintenance of boilers and air heaters in tea industry. The workshop topics covered the current scenario of biomass energy in Sri Lanka, related economics and regulatory aspects, efficiency improvement techniques, and operation and maintenance guidelines including safe use of biomass.
Practical sessions were included in all workshops. Mr. M.M.R. Padmasiri, Mr. Sanath Kithsiri, Mr. K. Raveendran, Mr. Chinthaka Kumara and Mr. Chamila Delpitiya formed the panel of resource persons.