Himalayas have large tracts of pine forests, where recurrent forest fires spread by pine needle litter during dry summer months destroy biodiversity and eco-system services - water, fuel, fodder, herbs and timber, rural poor depend on forest for. This results in severe stress on the communities living around these forests, who are already facing the stress of migration due to lack of livelihood opportunities.
Our innovation has given an economic value to pine needles, creating employment opportunity in its collection to generate usable energy. Our technology gasifies pine needles to generate electricity and charcoal. We are commercialising this by developing rural micro-entrepreneurs who are in the process of setting up power stations, removing the cause of forest fires thus enhancing biodiversity, and generating rural employment, while providing electrical and cooking energy to their communities.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||3,000,000|
|New Implemented Countries||Peru|
|Recruit||3 management, 2 technical, 2 board, 4 volunteers, 10 maintenance|
|New Feature||A fully mechanised plant to be managed by one person in each shift.|
The team is led by Rajnish Jain, with 25 years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, ideates, does fund raising and team building. Chanchal Singh has 15 years of experience and is responsible for developing fool proof prototype. We have a rural team of technology service providers, a network for maintenance support. Ajay Singhal, an engineering graduate is working with business development. Shivani Chowdhary is joining us in April to work with community outreach.
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN