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

Extension  Sustainable rural access to improved energy services

At IEI-Bangalore, we continue with our mission of facilitating sustained access to improved energy services, particularly for the rural poor.  These services are based on the conservative use of energy (i.e. more efficient devices) and/or clean and renewable sources, for environmental sustainability and are linked with income generation for economic sustainability.  Our activities include in-house research and field demonstration.  Recent programmes in the latter category include biogas delivery for stove fuelling to every home in a village, based on a co-operative dairy-fuel model, improved irrigation facilities to small farmers through efficient water pumping and application systems, and, currently, village-based generation of electricity from a renewable source.  While our projects have each served a village or cluster of villages, we are trying to involve partners in the extension and wider replication of the demonstrated models.

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

During the past eight months we have been working at establishing another sustainable village-based clean-energy-development enterprise.  Through the energy enterprise being developed, electricity will be generated in the village through a 100% biogas-fuelled generator.  The required biogas will be generated from the waste of a newly-established dairy that will provide fuel sustainably. Electricity will be sold to homes for lighting and for any other services, as required, when grid supply is not available.  The revenue from the sale of milk and digester-effluents (as manure) will provide the required income to provide for any additional operating costs, ensuring financial sustainability.

This enterprise is being established in Kempapura village (13 8 N, 77 11 E), in Magadi taluk, Ramanagara district, Karnataka state (south-west India).  This village is linked to the state grid but, like most rural areas, experiences frequent power shut-downs, particularly during periods of peak demand.  IEI-Bangalore staff-members are developing the system, and training local people for its operation and maintenance.

The cattle-rearing centre was constructed, with covered stalls and feeding troughs, as well as accompanying water supply and drainage, for housing the cows and calves.  Cows have been purchased.  The construction of the biogas plant has also been completed -- including the cylindrical floating-drum digester, as well as inlet and outlet tanks, and the required precautionary measures have been taken.  Local labour has been employed, while materials have been obtained by project staff.  The biogas-digester is being loaded with dung, so that biogas is accumulated for the operation of the engine-generator.  Simultaneously the engine-generator room has been constructed; the engine-generator that was ordered for the project has just been delivered.  [Click here for photographs].

The main financial support for the implementation is being obtained from the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, as this project was selected for their 6th round of Sustainable Energy Project Support [Click here].