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From: acumenfund | Jul 21, 2010 | 2,609 views

The Challenge

* In rural India, more than half of all households remain un-electrified. The electrification of rural India has been extremely uneven, leaving 80% to 90% of poorer states in India's "Rice Belt," like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa without electricity.

* Villages in this region currently use kerosene lanterns for household light, and diesel generators for irrigation and commercial power — which are costly and harmful to health and the environment.

The Innovation

* Husk Power Systems (HPS) uses biomass gasification technology to convert abundant rice husks into combustible gases, which produce clean, safe and efficient electricity at affordable rates.

The Impact

* By the end of 2010, Husk Power aims to operate 50 plants, electrifying 125 villages. Their goal is to be the global provider of off-grid electrification services using biomass, with a long-term vision of deploying 2000 plants, which will reach 5,000 villages (more than 20 million people) and create 6,000 jobs.

Read more about Husk Power Systems on our website: http://www.acumenfund.org/investment/husk-power-systems.html

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