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Fueling India with Corn Husks

Fueling India with Corn Husks

This is a full repost from GE’s ecomagination site. It has been reposted with permission. In Bihar, one of the poorest states in India, 85 percent of people are not connected to the electricity grid. Households use kerosene lamps when they can afford it, and businesses use expensive and dirty diesel generators. Some view this “energy poverty” as a development problem. Others view it as an environmental problem. The founders of Bihar-based Husk Power Systems view it as an opportunity to build a social enterprise. Their motto is tamaso ma jyotir gamaya—‘from darkness to light.’ The company realized that one waste product in Bihar—rice husks—could be used to power a small biomass gasifier. Along with rice husks, they also use mustard stems, corncobs, grasses, and other agricultural residue. After five months of R&D, they developed a system that could produce 32 kilowatts of p...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/01/23/fueling-india-with-co...

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