According to reports, Alstom disbursed a Euro 90K grant to a husk power systemsproject which aims to minimize water usage by over 80% and save 150,000 tons of CO2 by 2014.
Alstom, as part of its commitment towards social responsibility announced launch of Dry Gasifier project in India in collaboration with Husk Power Systems(HPS) -USA, one of the world’s lowest cost providers of biomass based renewable energy equipment.
A part of the grant from Alstom Foundation will be used in finalizing a Dry Gasification process for low-cost manufacturing and retro-fitting these dry gasifiers at the existing 65 power plant sites of HPS in Bihar said an Alstom statement.
Another part of grant will be used for developing a semi-automated machine for volume production of incense sticks and deployment of such systems at existing power plant sites. Part of the funding will also go into providing vocational programmes and training for women for a consistent and high quality manufacturing.
The immediate environmental impact of a successful dry gasification system will be dramatic reduction in water usage by over 80 % and will also result in reduction of operational expense. The cost benefit will then directly translated to customers who get electricity from HPS power plants.
The project will also create employment opportunities thereby increasing the local economic activities fueled by renewable energy. This will also enable HPS to scale faster and hence light more off-grid villages.
Sunand Sharma, country president, Alstom India and South Asia, said, “In line with the government’s drive towards rural electrification, the objective of this initiative is to meet the energy requirements of the rural population in India by bridging the funding gaps required for rural electrification business. At present, a total of 125,000 Indian villages lack access to reliable power. The Indian government has designated 18,000 of these villages as economically impossible to reach via conventional means. Thus, through this endeavor, Alstom Foundation aims to mark a new kind of cooperation with companies addressing the issue of access to electricity for all.”