Creating sustainable energy for a more sustainable Nepal
KRMEF works to generate our own alternative eco-friendly energies in an effort to keep the planet healthy. We believe it is important for people to find balance with the environment and appreciate its gifts. The following methods are currently practiced at the foundation, and we are always looking for innovative ways to generate renewable, sustainable energy sources that can benefit the local community.
KRMEF is active in providing free workshops throughout Nepal to teach villagers about the use and production of eco-friendly energies so they may have the opportunity to develop their own alternative cooking fuel from locally sourced materials. We seek to bring these methods into full sustainability and look forward to a future where all have access to renewable energy sources that preserve our healthy green earth.
The foundation has been actively involved in manufacturing bio briquettes, a high energy organic fuel source. Traditional stoves are still widely used in rural Nepal, which are essentially no more than cooking fires contained within a clay oven. The main fuel for these stoves is wood. Firewood is inefficient since heavy bundles are collected far from the source and are time-consuming to carry home. This practice also contributes to the problem of deforestation in Nepal, as more and more of Nepal’s forests are being destroyed.
Our bio-briquettes are made on-site from a mixture of sawdust, shredded waste paper and cow dung. We employ underprivileged people and those who are affected by leprosy to mix the paper with sawdust, which is therapeutic and promotes blood circulation in their hands and feet. Cow dung is then added to the mixture, made into briquettes using a special hand-press, and dried. The resulting biofuel is light, easily transportable, cost effective and eco-friendly.
This project has generated great interest from schools both in Nepal and abroad. We have welcomed many visitors to the foundation to learn more about manufacturing bio-briquettes since it is a promising model of fully sustainable energy.
We are engaged in the production of biogas, a renewable methane gas produced from the fermentation of cow manure and urine. The waste is placed into an anaerobic digestion tank where it is mixed into a slurry. Gas is released and piped into an underground holding tank where it can then be used as fuel for gas stoves. The leftover slurry by-product is used both as a fertilizer for our biodynamic farm as well as a mulch for preserving soil in the dry season.
There are two parabolic solar ovens on site that act as a no-cost alternative cooking method. These devices use the energy of the sun’s rays and are low-tech, yet highly efficient and completely sustainable. KRMEF primarily uses these ovens in the refining process when making natural liquid soap, however they are also used to prepare honey and other foods.