According to this report, four people from India have been shortlisted for Zayed Future Energy Prize , a prestigious and internationally recognised award for innovation, performance and leadership in sustainable and renewable energy projects .
Bunker Roy (The Barefoot College), Shailendra Shukla (CREDA), Bindeshwar Pathak (Sulabh International Social Service Organisation) and Gyanesh Pandey (Husk Power Systems) are the Indians who found place amongst top 40 nominations that have been shortlisted from a total of 391 submissions, said a release here today.
The winner of this award will receive USD 1.5 million. In addition, two other finalists will receive up to USD 350,000 each for outstanding work in the field of renewable and sustainable energy, said the release.
As Panchabuta has reported earlier, Husk Power Systems (HPS), uses the husk-based gasifier technology to provide electricity using 32 kWe (40 kVA) plants that deliver power on a “pay-for-use’’ basis to households in the rice-producing belt of India at about Rs 2 per day per household, located within a radius of 1.5 km. The charges are such it results in a reduction in the consumption of kerosene by as much as two-thirds. Power is supplied from 5 pm till midnight each day. During the daytime, it provides power to 6-7 pumps for irrigating fields. This plant lighting up some 500-700 households spread over 20 villages in the district, and changing the profile of the cluster altogether.