Indian group crowned world energy champion

June 21st, 2008 - 4:07 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 21 (IANS) An Indian technology and alternative energy group has been crowned ‘Energy Champion’ of the world by a prestigious British environmental organisation. Bangalore-based Technology Informatics Design Endeavour, or Tide, was awarded the title along with a prize of 40,000 pounds by Nobel laureate and environmentalist Wangari Mathai at a ceremony in London.

Another Indian group, the Aryavart Gramin Bank, was among six other international bodies whose schemes were awarded 20,000 pounds each Thursday night by the Britain-based Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy - the so-called Green Oscars.

Tide was named for the way it has harnessed technology to help Indian businesses conserve energy.

Many of southern India’s small businesses rely on wood as their main source of fuel, causing pollution, deforestation and uncomfortable and dangerous working conditions when boilers and stoves are badly designed.

Building on the track record of stove design at the Indian Institute of Science, Tide commercialises their designs to provide efficient, bespoke woodstoves and kilns which save at least 30 percent fuel.

To date 110,000 workers enjoy better conditions thanks to the 10,000 products Tide has supplied, saving around 43,000 tonnes of wood each year.

Tide is developing a range of stoves for large-scale cooking, and working with larger production centres in order to bring the stoves to more customers.

Svati Bhogle of Tide said the group was encouraged by the award to “venture into uncharted terrain, to first break new ground and then develop it into a beaten track”.

“There is a serious energy crisis in rural India, but access to energy and its efficient use, accompanied by well-conceived and well-implemented enabling mechanisms, has the potential to transform rural areas,” Bhogle added.

The international winners were: Cooperativa Regional de Eletrifica

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