Clean and renewable energy for the poor and vulnerable rural communities is another focus area of the DA group. Our technology innovation initiatives have helped operationalise and decentralised renewable energy solutions in rural areas of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. DA is working in association with Rockefeller Foundation, on Smart Power for Environmentally-sound Economic Development (SPEED) for easy access to affordable and renewable energy services in the rural areas.
SPEED promotes electricity generation through scalable pilots of Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) micro-grids. It mimics a grid and has acted as an innovative solution. It utilises the potential of solar off-grids, biomass gassifiers and device-based renewable energy options. Micro-utility Business (MuB), one of our entities is working with energy service companies in Bihar to take care of all post-power generation tasks in off-grid renewable energy generation, which includes distribution, load management and revenue collection. Recently, the DA group has innovated a new micro-controller based load limiter for load management. It regulates maximum loads on connections and reduces operational costs for off-grid decentralised renewable energy plants.
Moreover, DA has pioneered energy efficient cook stoves for healthy and fuel-efficient cooking for the poor. DA uses agriculture-based residual waste to develop cooking pellets for fuelling green cook stoves. This technology offers cleaner cooking energy solutions and reduces emissions.