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

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The Asian Regional Energy Initiative of the IEI


  • Workshops on electricity planning:

    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. [
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  • Distance training for energy planning:

    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 situations.
  • Training 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 the 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.
  •  Online training for the development and operation of farm-to-energy systems:

    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, we intend sharing what we have learnt through our research as well as our field experience -- both 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 is already accessible. [
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