Company Name:Avani Bio Energy

Location:Berinag (Uttaranchal)

SectorEnergy

Link: http://www.avani-kumaon.org/

Avani Bio Energy

Rajnish Jain - Founder

Avani Bio Energy, a for-profit enterprise, develops sustainable business by generating electricity and cooking charcoal for rural needs from pine needles.

Problem: Jamuna Devi lives in Tripuradevi, a remote village in Central Himalayas with her family. She walks 4 miles every day collecting fuel wood, before she can cook a meal for her family. Talk to Jamuna, and she recounts that she walks longer every year to collect fuel, while access to water, herbs, and timber is also diminishing. Her family does not have a permanent source of income and their existence in this village is at stake. Come summers, the forest around her village rages with fire spread by pine needles, destroying natural resources. While, the fire destroys life around her, Jamuna wonders if this energy could be used to meet her needs. But she can’t do this by herself, as pine needles are highly flammable and would need some intervention.

Solution: Avani Bio Energy employs Jamuna and several other families in the villages to collect these fallen pine needles before they burn, and converts this destructive biomass in to clean and affordable energy for rural needs, thus reducing carbon emissions, regenerating biodiversity and above all creating jobs in the villages. Electricity is generated through gasification of pine needles and the residual charcoal is briquetted. While these briquettes meet cooking energy needs in the villages, reliable supply of electricity will create facilities for an entrepreneurial ecosystem in rural areas, creating a positive impact at every stage of the value chain.

Impact: Avani Bio Energy has installed its first 120 KW unit, which will commence production by October’2013. In the next four years we will install 20 such power plants - restore biodiversity in 4000 hectares of forest land, generate employment and cooking charcoal for 2000 families respectively, and reduce 95000 carbon units. 2.5 MW of power generation capacity will impact more than 1.25 million lives.

Investment Needed in 2014 – Rs. 3.60 Crore/ $550,000