Powering Agriculture Innovator Husk Power Systems' CEO Manoj Sinha grew up studying for his school exams by candlelight. More than 20 years on, his company is helping to power those same villages in India through sustainable energy created from rice husks.
Husk Power's mini-grids are playing an important role in helping India meet clean energy goals and bringing electricity to Tanzania. CEO Manoj Sinha talks about the challenges and opportunities he's faced along the way.
In honor of Energy Conservation Day, Husk Power Systems has been recognized as one of 10 companies that have taken innovative steps to conserve energy in India. Husk's eco-friendly approach to energy generation uses biomass gasifiers to generate electricity and fuel from rice husks.
Husk Power Systems generates electricity sustainably, producing almost no carbon, and by using rice husks that would normally be wasted. The charred rice husks that remain after the gasification process are then used to make incense sticks, a process that employs local women.
Husk Power Systems and First Solar are helping India achieve complete household electrification by December 2018 by using a hybrid system. Solar power provides electricity and charges batteries for nighttime use during the day. A biomass gasification system is used as a backup.
Husk Power Systems has been recognized by YourStory one of five Indian companies that are taking especially bold and innovative strides to ensure intergenerational equity, and that are working for a cleaner and better planet.
Husk Power Systems and the Shell Foundation have been improving energy access for low-income Indians since 2008. It's been a big success—Husk has served over 200,000 people. Now, Shell and Zone Startups India have launched POWERED, an entrepreneurship program for women in India's energy sector.
Powering Agriculture Innovator Husk Power Systems is among the industry leaders joining together to establish the Africa Mini-Grid Developers Association. The AMDA's vision is a 100% electrified Africa by 2030.
Husk Power Systems' recent funding success demonstrates the power and scope of the social enterprise model. Not only is it possible to do well by doing good, operating with social responsibility can be attractive to investors.
In the Indian state of Bihar, power plants run on the rice husks left in the fields after the last harvest. This system is the brainchild of Manoj Sinha, CEO of Husk Power Systems, and the company’s cofounder, Gyanesh Pandey, who knew first hand that electricity was not to be taken for granted.
Husk Power Systems is making a big impact within the decentralized revolution. Their success setting up mini-grids and delivering reliable power is not only changing lives in India, it's showing other innovators, and investors, what's possible.