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TECHNOLOGIES FOR HIMALAYAS
Technology studies by Himalaya Research have included surveys to determine the technology context and site conditions, feasibility studies for select technologies, as well as application research and pilot installations of technology adaptations for the high altitudes. The major thrust of current research is in the field of renewable energy and water management.
Title: Common Energy Facilities Based on Renewable Sources--Enabling Sustainable Development in Highland Areas in the Indian Himalayas
Author: Banerji, G. and Baruah, M.
Source: MRD Journal, Vol.26, No.2, may 2006
Year: 2006
Publisher: MRD
Abstracts:Paucity of energy is one of the major bottlenecks to development in the high Himalayas. This paper presents the initial results of a pilot project that was implemented in the district of Lahaul and Spiti in the Western Indian Himalayas. The MVPower (Mountain Village Power) model comprises the development of decentralized energy facilities for improving rural welfare facilities; creating sustainable, niche-sector enterprise clusters; and providing alternatives to overuse of natural resources through Common Energy Facility (CEF).
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Title: A Local Practices Brief on Spitian Architecture
Author: Heritage Management Team, Pragya
Source: Pragya
Year: 2005
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:The report provides an insight to the indigenous settlement pattern and architecture in the cold desert of Spiti. It deals with the settlement types, building materials, site characteristics, construction methods, interiors and decoration. Spitian architecture has seen a gradual shift from traditional methods of construction, which require low heating to modern ones, which translate into increased energy bills, increased stress on forest resources and higher maintenance costs. The report highlights the need for adoption of sustainable and feasible construction techniques for the region that blend ancient wisdom with modern features.
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Title: Renewable Energy Applications in Lahaul & Spiti—A Technology Assessment & Development Brief
Author: Appropriate Technology Team, Pragya
Source: Pragya
Year: 2005
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:Lack of energy availability remains one of the key constraints in the development of the Himalayan region. There is an acute need for utilisation of renewable energy sources in the Himalayas - to improve the quality of life of the indigenous communities and to enable sustainable economic development. The report analyses the energy situation in the cold desert of Lahaul and Spiti and also presents an assessment of the potential renewable energy technology options for the region such as solar energy, wind energy, geothermal power and hydropower.
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Title: Renewable Energy technologies for Rural Electrification in the Mountains
Author: Pragya
Source: Pragya Eco-Tech Desk
Year: 2014
Publisher: Pragya
Abstracts:Energy is the basic necessity for human activity and lack of energy services is directly associated with key facets of poverty including low educational levels, restriction of opportunity, and conflict. This paper is a policy brief on Renewable Energy Technologies for Rural Electrification in the Mountains. The paper brings together pertinent findings from research studies and development reports and examines the major concerns and factors for rural electrification in the Mountains and the Village Grid approach for rural electrification.

 

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Title: Renewable Energy Technologies for Mountain Livelihoods - Issues & Prospects
Author: Pragya
Source: Pragya Eco-Tech Desk
Year: 2014
Publisher: Pragya
Abstracts:Energy (RE) is being championed as a vital source of employment and rural growth and as a means of tackling environmental and energy security issues. Mounting energy demands have in a sense resulted in ‘poverty of energy’. This article is a policy brief on RE Technologies for mountain livelihoods. The brief examines:  Potential RE Technologies and their prospects and feasibility for livelihood; RE Advantage, Limitation and Average Economic Cost of Energy Generation; Processes and Structures for RE; and Barriers to uptake of REs in mountain regions.

 

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