Demonstration Project in progress - Powering a village
sustainably: generating electricity from waste-based biogas
establishment of this energy-development enterprise is
progressing towards completion in Kempapura, Ramanagara
district, Karnataka state (south-west India). It consists of
a biogas plant, a newly-established dairy, a 100%
biogas-fuelled electricity generation unit, and through these,
the extension of electricity distribution and supply to
surrounding households and other consumers. The dairy
provides employment as well as income from milk sales, with
its waste being used as sustainable fuel-supply for
biogas-generation and the biogas-plant effluents usable as
manure. Electricity will be supplied to homes, including
those hitherto un-connected to the grid, for lighting and for
powering other devices, when grid supply is not available.
The revenue from the sale of milk and digester-effluents will
supply the required income to provide for any additional
operating costs, ensuring financial sustainability.
The project is
being financially supported by the Wuppertal Institute for
Climate, Environment and Energy, through the 6th
round of their Sustainable Energy Project Support [SEPS].
New project -
"Value-addition to food crop processing: converting banana
plant waste to cooking fuel"
We will soon be
commencing a project
that will demonstrate food-crop-residues being converted to
cooking fuel, financed by enhanced crop revenues. The purpose
implement improvements along the food growing and preparation
chain, through integration of
value-addition to food-crop-production and, thereby, increased
farm income and poverty reduction,
processing of (waste) crop-residues for the generation of a
delivering clean cooking fuel regularly to rural homes to
replace the burning of solid biomass, and
ensuring long-term sustainability.
A co-operative enterprise will be developed in a rural part of
Karnataka. Residues from banana plantations will be used to
fuel anaerobic-digesters for the production of biogas that
will be supplied to the surrounding households for cooking.
The beneficiaries will include small subsistence-farms, where
irrigation-facilities will be provided to enable their
participation in the cultivation; these costs will be
recovered over time through shares of the harvest.