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Cobs and Stalks: India Looks At New Biofuels

Cobs and Stalks: India Looks At New Biofuels | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it
As consumers struggle to cope with rising petrol prices, India is looking at a new generation of biofuels derived from agricultural waste to revive an ambitious program for blending ethanol with gasoline.
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Nuru Energy | An affordable & scalable solution to energy poverty

Find out more about Nuru Energy's pedal powered off-grid recharging platform and how it aims to reduce energy poverty and empower small entrepreneurs in rural Africa. 

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Putting the cook before the stove: A user-centred approach to understanding household energy decision-making

Putting the cook before the stove: A user-centred approach to understanding household energy decision-making | Energy SMEs in Developing Countries | Scoop.it

This study seeks to better understand the most important influences over household energy choices, in order to identify practical ways to support communities shifting to cleaner energy use. The authors use a qualitative “generative” research methodology to investigate energy use and dynamics in four villages in Haryana State. They find a range of social, cultural and financial factors that influence the way people make decisions about energy and cooking, including the availability and flexibility of traditional fuels, the type of dishes prepared, the taste of food, problems with smoke, the aesthetic appeal of stoves, and how users perceive alternatives.

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