The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), and WWF-India, released a compendium on renewable energy here on Thursday.

Titled ‘Renewable Energy beyond Electricity’, the study focuses on innovative renewable energy applications beyond power-generation.

Creating awareness

It aims to create awareness on the potential of renewable energy, particularly for heating, cooling, cooking and mechanical applications, in order to enhance their acceptance among the public.

Fourteen renewable energy applications have been mentioned in the report that covers four sources — biomass, wind, geothermal, and solar. The renewable energy applications include improved biomass cooking stoves, solar space heating and cooling systems, solar photovoltaic water pumps, solar pasteurizers, solar desalinators and wind water pumps.

The compendium analyses each application with respect to various parameters such as technology, cost, market potential and the current policy scenario. A reverse osmosis (RO) plant in Rajasthan’s Kotri village that purifies 600 litres of water per hour for six hours each day and meets the drinking water needs of more than 1,000 people is mentioned in the report as an example of renewable energy at work.

Speaking at the launch of the compendium, Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of CEEW, said: “The potential of renewable energy to transform our lives and ways of living is underestimated and under-appreciated. By examining its applications beyond simply switching on lights and fans, we can begin to broaden our technological horizons”.

Improving accessibility

WWF-India secretary-general and CEO Ravi Singh said: “This compendium advocates multivariate applications of renewable energy. It celebrates and encourages innovations, while documenting existing applications with the purpose of replicating them on a larger scale. Applications like these could ensure that renewable energy is accessible for use in even the remotest of areas, benefiting communities and ecosystems.”

Correction

>>The opening paragraph of “Broadening horizons with renewable energy sources” (Dec 20, 2013, some editions), read: “The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), a wing of WWF-India , released a compendium on renewable energy ...” Actually, WWF India and CEEW are two different entities and worked together on a common project. It should have read: “The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and WWF-India released a compendium … ".

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