VK-Nardep won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2006.
Vivekananda Kendra - Natural Resources Development Project (VK-NARDEP) has sold and installed 2,000 biogas plants in southern Tamil Nadu, India, to provide clean biogas for household cooking and fertiliser from the biogas residue.
The southern part of Tamil Nadu is hot and humid. Most people work in agriculture and grow rice, sugar cane, mangoes, coconuts and a range of vegetables. The biogas plants sold by VK- NARDEP use cattle manure to produce biogas which saves fuelwood, allows cleaner cooking and gives a ...
Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE) won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2008.
Many small businesses in India rely on wood and other biomass as their primary source of energy. TIDE has developed and adapted energy-efficient woodstoves and kilns for specific industries, including areca nut processing, silk reeling, textile dyeing, ayurvedic medicine production and food preparation. Over 10,500 stoves have been sold by TIDE and the entrepreneurs it has trained: these stoves save about 43,000 tonnes/year biomass, provide a cleaner, cooler environment for ...
SKG Sangha won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2007.
SKG Sangha has radically improved the lives of thousands of rural families in Karnataka, South India by supplying them with both dung based biogas plants for cooking and a specially designed unit that turns the slurry from the biogas plant into high quality fertiliser. The benefits of biogas are well known. It provides rural women with a cheap, reliable source of energy as well as reducing indoor air pollution and easing pressure on forest resources. Less well known is how turning the biogas residue into high ...
SKDRDP won an Ashden International Award in 2012.
Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) in South India is a prime example of the vital role a well-run microfinance organisation can play in meeting the poor's energy needs. The Karnataka-based NGO provides affordable loans to families in the area, helping them buy renewable energy systems that improve their quality of life. Key to the success of this highly replicable programme, which has so far provided nearly 20,000 energy loans are self-help groups ...
SELCO won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2005.
SELCO-India is a private business which has designed and sold over 48,000 solar home systems, powering electric lighting and small appliances for 220,000 people in Karnataka and other states in South India.
Around 46% of households in India do not have mains electricity, and for many others the supply is unreliable. The use of photovoltaic (PV) solar-home-systems (SHS) can provide reliable power for lighting and low-power appliances, which brings great practical benefits. Smoky, dangerous kerosene light is ...
Saran Renewable Energy won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2009.
Saran Renewable Energy in India has set up a biomass gasifying plant in Bihar to supply energy to local businesses plagued by constant electricity cuts and reliant on noisy, dirty diesel generators. One hundred local farmers now have a secure income supplying the plant with biomass made from a local plant and along with businesses nearby they now have stable, clean power for eight hours a day. The gasifier saves around 100 tonnes of CO2 a year from ...
Nishant Bioenergy won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2005.
Nishant Bioenergy, a small business in Chandigarh, has developed the Sanjha Chulha (combined stove) - a large stove for institutional-scale cooking, which uses briquettes made from crop waste as fuel. Each stove can provide meals for up to 650 people, and thirteen stoves are now in use in residential schools in India, with more on order.
India has many schools and other institutions which provide meals for large numbers of people. Liquified Petroleum Gas ...
NEST won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2005.
NEST is a private company based in Hyderabad, India, which was set up to develop a very small solar lantern, the 'Aishwarya®', as a safe substitute for the kerosene wick lamp. Over 65,000 lanterns have been produced and distributed during the past five years.
It is estimated that in India alone, about 100 million households use kerosene wick lamps as their main source of light. Such lamps produce poor quality light and unhealthy fumes, and present a serious fire risk ...
Husk Power Systems won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2011.
Bihar is one of the most poorly-served states in India when it comes to electricity. Husk Power is connecting remote villages in Bihar to a clean, reliable electricity supply, which provides better light, harnesses a widespread waste product and costs less than alternatives. Husk Power's 65 plants gasify rice husks and other biomass waste to supply electricity to around 180,000 people and, by replacing kerosene, they cut greenhouse emissions by over 8,000 ...
ECAMI won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2009.
The Farmers Friend, a simple treadle pump developed by IDEI, is changing the lives of poor farmers in Eastern India. The low-cost device, used for pumping water for irrigation, has trebled farmers incomes so they can now save and send their children to school. Three quarters of a million pumps have been sold, with sales boosted by promotion campaigns using Bollywood-style films. IDEI is scaling up production fast aiming to sell up to two million treadle pumps by 2010.