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Community Development and Energy Equality: Experiences from Micro Hydro Implementation in a Tribal Settlement in India

Publication Type : Conference Paper

Thematic Areas : Wireless Network and Application

Publisher : IEEEXplore

Source : IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference 2016, R10-HTC 2016 - Proceedings, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (2017)

Url : https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85020167045&doi=10.1109%2fR10-HTC.2016.7906794&partnerID=40&md5=fbdedd21783fba38c6db4e4c3d8e66bf

ISBN : 9781509041770

Keywords : Community development, Developing countries, Distribution systems, Economic and social effects, Electric power transmission networks, Electric utilities, energy inequality, Feasibility Studies, Micro-hydro power generation, Regional planning, Renewable energy resources, Resource availability, Rural areas, Rural electrification, Social-economic

Campus : Amritapuri, Coimbatore

School : School for Sustainable Development, School of Engineering

Center : Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA)

Department : Sustainable Development, Electrical and Electronics

Year : 2016

Abstract : Rural development is one of the major focus in developing countries like India, since more than 70% of citizens live in rural village. Studies show that inequality in Energy access, often hindering the collective development initiatives in those villages. This paper describes the electrification project carried out in the village of Komalikudi, Idukki District, Kerala, India where 60 % of households were not connected to state power grid. As part of this study a detailed analysis of economic levels of the community and the requirements on education, healthcare, skill development, social business etc., has been developed. Based on these requirements, a feasibility study has been performed for different renewable energy options available in the locality. The study results based on resource availability, access to the area of deployment, availability of skilled workers, Energy awareness, and commitment are used to design a 5KW hydro based generation and distribution system which energy equality and subsequently community development. A pilot deployment has been operational and reciprocating this novel innovative model to other 101 villages is ongoing with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. © 2016 IEEE.

Cite this Research Publication : R. Nair, Ravishankar, A. N., Ilango Karuppasamy, Sai Shibu N. B., Deepthi, B., Sanampudi, N., Balaji Hariharan, and Mohan, R., “Community Development and Energy Equality: Experiences from Micro Hydro Implementation in a Tribal Settlement in India”, in IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference 2016, R10-HTC 2016 - Proceedings, 2017.

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