Under the LIBERA (Livelihood Improvement through Biomass Energy
in Rural Areas) project, sponsored by the SDC (Swiss agency for
Development and Cooperation), TERI has installed a 12-kVA gasifier-based
power plant at Kanheiput village in Ganjam district of Orissa in
collaboration with a local NGO, Gram Vikas.
This gasifier-based system is being operated
on wood charcoal. A pedal-operated blower is being used as starting
option for the gasifier so as to have freedom from any external
energy source. The power obtained from the gasifier-based plant
is being used to meet the lighting demand for the village, as well
as to pump water to an overhead tank for drinking water supply.
Soon the power would be supplied to local commercial applications
such as rice/flour mills and irrigation pumps, to help enhance food
gasifier based dual fuel power generation unit at village in
Recently TERI has installed the prototype
pilot systems of 10 kWe capacity for OREDA
(Orissa Renewable Energy Development Agency) at village Deodhara
in Komna Block, Nuapara district , Orissa, for NTPC (National Thermal
Power Corporation) at village Jamera, Korba in Chhatisgarh, and
village Bhaogarh, Anta district, Rajasthan. Few more pilot demonstrations
are under planning and implementation stages.