Asian Regional Energy Initiative,
80-B Spencer Road, 2nd Cross, Fraser Town,
Bangalore 560 005,
+91 80 2555 3563
The Asian Regional Energy
Initiative of the IEI
- Workshops on
IEI-Asia had been conducting training workshops for personnel of
electricity utilities from India and other Asian countries.
These focused on estimating electricity demand and the
alternative options of meeting the estimated requirements. Apart
from lectures, there were "hands-on" computer-based sessions on
integrated planning procedure -- the construction of demand
scenarios, estimation of the costs of delivering and conserving
electricity, and drawing up least-cost schedules. [Click
Training packages were prepared by the IEI team for distribution
among the participants; these included both theory and
worksheets accompanied by step-wise instructions.
- Distance training for energy
To improve the economic efficiency (and reduce the carbon
footprint) of our training, we shifted from physical sessions to
electronic communication. The earlier packages were improved
upon and supplemented with e-mail interaction. These were
actually used by some power corporations, for example, for
comparing the life-cycle costs of competing
electricity generation technologies. The methods
applicable to electricity were also extended to other sources of
energy, demonstrating their adaptability to analogous
for biogas generation and use:
Biogas can be generated on farms, through the anaerobic
digestion of the wastes collected from farm-based activities. The
methane component of biogas can be used for fuelling stoves and
also for powering electricity-generators. IEI-Asia has
constructed biogas-digesters of various sizes and in several
villages, and the
local people have been watching the on-site procedures. Apart from this
passive involvement, the users have been actually trained for
fuelling and maintenance of the digesters, as well as the
maintenance of the piping system and stoves, and/or the generator. Our
continued involvement during the early years of operation
ensured that guidance was available while people were getting
accustomed and problems, if any, had to be solved.
training for the development and operation of farm-to-energy
To provide information and guidance further afar, we are now
preparing training material on the development and operation of
farm-to-energy systems, and uploading them on our web site.
Through these "handbooks" and presentations,
learnt through our research as well as our field experience --
successes and failures!
There will be separate sections on
the pre-requisites, the implementation steps, the lessons learnt
in the field,
solutions to common problems,
and so on.
One such handbook
here] The preparation
of others is under way.