“Husk Power Systems designs, installs and operates biomass-based power plants. Each plant uses proprietary gasification technology to convert abundant agricultural residue (procured from local farmers) into electricity, which is then distributed to rural households and micro-enterprises through a micro-grid system – providing a better quality, cheaper way to meet their need for energy.
HPS creates an ecosystem around each plant by providing income generation opportunities to local farmers and entrepreneurs. Additionally, it creates employment through its livelihood programmes such as the incense stick manufacturing program which largely employs women. This enables sustainable development within the communities HPS serves. Since 2008, HPS has successfully installed more than 80 plants in Bihar, providing electricity to over 200,000 people across 300 villages and hamlets.”
Husk Power Systems
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Related article recommended by Jay: From Darkness to Light (success story of a remote Indian village transformed by electricity from Husk Power Systems)
Note: Oftentimes all available rice hulls are used for making potting soil, compost and other agricultural uses. This boosts agricultural output and efficiently returns the biomass to the earth. Burning biomass to produce electricity is most efficient where there’s a large surplus that would otherwise not be utilized. I’ve seen photos of mountains of rice hulls going to waste. As reported earlier, rice hulls also make excellent insulation and are used in residential and commercial rice hull stoves and gasifiers.