International Energy Initiative,
Asian Regional Energy Initiative,
80-B Spencer Road, 2nd Cross, Fraser Town,
Bangalore 560 005,

+91 80 2555 3375

+91 80 2555 3375


  The Asian Regional Energy Initiative of the IEI

Demonstration Project  in progress - Powering a village sustainably: generating electricity from waste-based biogas

The 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 is to 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 renewable-energy source,
* 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.