Desi Power: rural electrification using bio-mass

BBC NEWS story on rural electrification [via Musings]

“An ancient tractor dumps a trailer load of plant material next to a battered looking shed… Inside the shed is a noisy, little, green generator that runs on gas produced from rotting biomass… The generator produces 100 kilowatts of electricity, enough to service the modest needs of four or five typical Indian villages. However in this particular case it drives a mini-industrial complex that currently provides 130 jobs in an area where employment is hard to find… The initiative is called Desi Power (local power).”

I too am a proponent of such “micro” electrification projects like the one above and Grameen’s initiative for power generation using cow-dung. Such projects might be better poised than mega-nuclear / hydro projects to provide rural consumers with electricity since they give them more control and responsibility at the same time being cost and capital-efficient.

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