International Energy Initiative,
Asian Regional Energy Initiative,
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Bangalore 560 005,

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  The Asian Regional Energy Initiative of the IEI

Powering a village sustainably: generating electricity from waste-based biogas

IEI-Bangalore has been involved with facilitating sustained rural access to improved energy services based on more efficient devices and/or new and renewable sources of energy.  Earlier programmes include biogas delivery for stove fuelling to every home in a village, based on a co-operative dairy-fuel model, and improved irrigation facilities to small farmers through efficient water pumping and application systems.

We are now establishing an energy enterprise in Kempapura (13 8 N, 77 11 E), in Magadi taluk, Ramanagara district, Karnataka state.  The village is linked to the state grid but, like most rural areas, experiences power shut-downs during periods of peak demand.  Through the proposed energy enterprise, 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 the daily fuel-supply.  Electricity will be sold to all homes and for any other services, as required, when grid supply is not available.  The revenue from the sale of milk and biogas-effluents (as manure) will provide the required income to provide for any additional operating costs, ensuring financial sustainability.  IEI is establishing the system and will train local people for its operation and maintenance.

The sheds that will house the cattle are currently under construction.  Local labour has been employed, while materials have been obtained by project staff from nearby.  Simultaneously, the digester for the generation of biogas is under construction.  All these tasks are being supervised by IEI project staff [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].

Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) for the Indian Power Sector

During the past two decades, we at IEI-Bangalore have been assessing various aspects of integrated resource planning (IRP) from the concept, to its applicability to power sector planning in various states of India and abroad.

We have recently prepared two documents on the practice of IRP around the world and its applicability to the Indian power sector.

The first document describes the concept of IRP and examples of its recent practice.  Planning for the power sector -- to the extent that supply- and demand-side options have been juxtaposed, or least-cost principles have been applied, or risk-related optimal portfolios are considered have been described. [Click here for the report].

The second document focuses on the Indian system and considers how an IRP process for the power sector could be effected, based on recent legal, policy and institutional changes, and possible scenarios that can be envisaged.  The planning activities are intended, if implemented, to develop an Indian power system that is clean, efficient, affordable, reliable, and universally accessible. [Click here for the report]