Generating Electricity using Rice Husk - Husk Power Systems

India has enough villages and small towns which lack the power supply. Many villagers have not even seen the joy of using electricity in the dark to light their home and lives. A recent innovation has transformed many lives in the rural India especially Northern state Bihar which has seen long years of worst political regime. The innovation has bagged many international awards for Green Energy generation. The innovation is power generation using rice husk employing the rural people. Husk Power generation not only providing electricity to rural parts but also creating employment opportunities for rural youth.

Husk power systems is the brain child of two Indian born engineers Manoj Sinha and Gyanesh Pandey along with Charles Ransler, a fellow student of Manoj Sinha at University of Virigina started to explore the possibilities in using agricultural waste to generate electricity. Initially it had aimed at building small generators in village but later established with mini-power plants to generate electricity. In husk power plants, the rice husk heated in a certain way produces methane – like gas is used for running proprietary generator which in turn produces electricity. Husk power systems has also trained and employed village people creating a means of their livelihood.

According to statistics released by Husk Power Systems (HPS), on an average each power plant serves about 400 households replacing nearly 42,000 liters of kerosene and 18,000 liters of diesel. Through its 60 mini-power plants HPS serves nearly 25,000 households in more than 250 villages impacts the lives of 1,50,000 people in rural India. HPS along with Samta Samriddhi Foundation supports and bears the cost of education of rural children.

HPS recently has bagged the International Ashden award for Sustainable Energy of the year 2011. Interested can find more information on Husk power systems through its official website


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