11 Mar 2013

A number you likely know: 400 million. That’s how many people live without electricity in India. And not coincidentally, most of these people are poorest of the poor and live in rural villages or hamlets. The presence of such an enormous population eager for something better has given rise to new commercial products and services such as solar lanterns, solar home systems, and, the subject of this blog, micro-grids.

31 Jan 2013

How will solar energy be made to work in India? As I discussed in my previous article there are three key challenges. One, how will the country pay for solar energy in a situation where there is no money to pay for even the crashed costs of installation. Two, what is the best model for the distribution and use of this relatively expensive energy in a country where millions still live in the dark? Three, how should India combine the twin objectives of supply of clean energy and creation of domestic manufacturing capacities?

Centre for Science & Environment organised a discussion on the recently released draft policy document on the second phase of the national solar mission on 22 December, 2012. Representatives from the industry, NGOs and state government attended the discussion.

 
 
Renewable Energy

This publication presents case studies from across the country that illustrate the utilization of renewable energy sources with a wide range of applications across various sectors. 

Electricity from rural cellphone towers in poor countries could chill vaccines, saving 5 million lives every year, say Harvey Rubin and Alice Conant.

Biomass gasification is deemed as one of the best ways to power rural households across the world. It is basically the conversion of solid biomass (wood, agriculture residues and so on) into a combustible gas mixture known as Producer Gas. In India, small-scale biomass gasifiers have been installed in various states.

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