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
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