Past Events

Biogas Technology - Experience Sharing Event

June 12, 2014 at the Everest Hotel, Kathmandu

Full presentations and supporting documents are available from the downloads page. Presenter details are as follows;

Approaching Investors

 

Mohua Mukherjee

Senior Energy Specialist, South Asia Energy unit of the World Bank

Mohua Mukherjee is a Senior Energy Specialist in the South Asia Energy unit of the World Bank, working on issues related to distribution utility reform,energy policy and renewable energy.Most of her career has been at the World Bank, where she has been privileged to work on a variety of development projects in over 30 countries, ranging from the water and sanitation sector to the health and education sector, to private sector development and microfinance, to trade policy and export-led development, to financial workouts for countries during the commercial banking crisis in Latin America, to agribusiness in Africa, and finally to the energy sector for the last several years. Mohua has also worked in the private sector for five years as an investment banker in Nairobi, Kenya, where she headed the corporate finance unit at two international banks, and led the introduction and roll-out of financial products that were new to the East African market

Technologic and Economic Challenges for Large Scale Biogas Production

 

Frederik Møller Laugesen

Consultant COWI Denmark

Frederik M. Laugesen is currently employed at COWI-Economics where he works as a young financial and economic analyst specialized in cost-benefit-analyses and cost effectiveness analyses in the renewable energy sector. He has among others developed an analytical model for financial and economic analysis of biogas projects which has become the basis for the biogas part of the Danish government’s climate plan. He has furthermore experience in working with RE sector in Nepal through assignments for the World Bank, and has additionally worked on market assessments of the financial barriers to adaptation of new clean technologies in agriculture and industry in emerging economies.

Frederik holds an MSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and has for more than 3 years worked with the economic and technical aspects of large scale biogas production in Scandinavia.

Excellent Renewable Pvt. Ltd.

Hemant Patel

CEO Excellent Renewable (ERPL.com) Gujarat, India

32 years’ of progressively responsible positions at E.I.DuPont. His expertise & experience span includes operational efficiency improvement initiatives like Lean Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement and operational roles like manufacturing & supply chain, projects, process control, IT and safety through teaching, leading, and hands-on practice in the United States, Spain, and Singapore. He held leadership positions in Lean, project management, eBusiness and Process Control. He has broad experience in training and mentoring the entire spectrum of staff from shop-floor to company vice president.

Hemant resigned from DuPont to volunteer for an NGO called Muni Seva Ashram (GreenAshram.org) which operates hospitals, schools and an orphanage in environmentally sustainable fashion. His is leading an effort to build India largest mixed feed biogas plant that will meet 100% of institutes energy needs. Hemant is also the CEO of a company called Excellent Renewable (ERPL.com) that builds biogas plants and provides consultation services in the area of biogas generation, refining and compression.

Credentials
• B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay, 1979 (First class with distinction)
• M.S., Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University, 1981 (First class with distinction)
• Six Sigma Black Belt certified, 2003, Master Black Belt, 2005
• Project Management Professional, PMI.ORG, 2007
• Certified Supply Chain Professional, APICS.ORG, 2009
• Distinguished Alumni, conferred by the Director, IIT Bombay, 2010

Biogas-Night Soil to Energy

A.K. Sen Gupta

Director General Sulabh International Academy of Environmental Sanitation & Public Health New Delhi, India

Post Graduate in Public Health Engineering.

Served Government of India and State Government of Rajasthan for a period of more than 25 years handled projects related to water supply, sewerage, sanitation and waste management projects in the urban and rural areas.

Served various UN Agencies like The World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, UNIDO and WHO for more than 15 years handle projects concerning water supply, sanitation, waste management including hazardous chemical waste, food safety, occupational health, disasters and air pollution.

Presently working with Sulabh International Academy of Environmental Sanitation & Public Health as its Director General.

Best Practices & Case Studies for “Conservation of Organic Waste to Energy”

Sanjay Nandre

Director Enprotech Solutions Pune, India

Sanjay Nandre, Founder Partner of Enprotech Solutions, Pune is a Environmental Engineering Graduate and having more than 25 years of working experience in field of Waste-to-Energy. He started his professional career with Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA – A State Nodal Agency Responsible for promotion and Development of Renewable Energy in the State of Maharashtra, India) and was associated with implementation of National Programme on Biogas Development. During his tenure with MEDA, he has executed over 100 community based biogas plants based on different waste substrates viz. Cattle Dung/Human Excreta/Sugarcane Pressmud/Poultry Droppings, etc. Thereafter, he worked with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Govt. of India, New Delhi for 10 years as a Senior Scientific Engineer and was actively associated with UNDP/GEF project on “Development of High Rate Biomethanation Projects in India to Reduce Green House Gases Emissions”. In 2004, he quit the MNRE job and started his new company – Enprotech Solutions at Pune, Maharashtra. During last 10 years, the company has executed @ 20 nos. of ‘Waste-to-Energy’ projects on turnkey basis and carrying out their O&M as well. Besides, they have carried out number of consultancy assignments on Solid Waste Management, Grid Connected Biomass-to-Power Projects, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Studies and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) etc.

Vidya Sagar Devabhaktuni

Vidya Sagar Devabhaktuni

President, SKG Sangha, Karnataka, India

Founded GramabhubayaSamstha as an NGO in Vijayawada in 1984, after doing the KVIC course for the building of biogas plants. In 1993, he established SKG Sangha, as an Indian NGO based in Kolar, near Bangalore built about 1,25,000 family size biogas plants in South India and many large scale biogas plants.

He discovered the benefits of the use of biogas effluent for composting and vermi-composting from Professor Readha Kale and introduced practical vermin-composting systems along with the biogas plants built for local farmers. The NGOs originally relied on subsidies from MNRE and state governments.

Following the Ashden award in 2007, VidyaSagar was able to develop links with the carbon-offset markets in many countries. He learnt how to write PDDs to register carbon projects for both regulated and voluntary markets. He was able to achieve the highest price for carbon credits.

Perfect Bio-Waste and Power Management Pvt. Ltd.

Arvindra Singh

Managing Director Perfect Bio-Waste and Power Solutions Pvt Ltd New Delhi, India

Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of making Indian villages ‘Self Reliant’, I took the challenge to reach to the Interior parts of India and help our villages in converting their Bio-Waste into electricity. Since 1998, we are working relentlessly in controlling greenhouse gases by giving sustainable solutions on ‘Bio-Waste to Electricity’. The Dairy and Poultry farmers with their decentralized Bio-Gas Power plants are not only saving their energy cost but also reducing the load on the Grid Power.

It gives me more and more satisfaction when I add newer projects in our list of decentralized Waste to Power plants. Each Project is a step forward for realizing my professional dream and goal of saving our ‘Mother Land’.

As a distinction, ours is the only company which gives turnkey in-house solutions under single umbrella. Conceptualizing the turnkey solutions from the scratch level i.e. construction of customize Bio Gas Plants to cleaning / filtering the gas to finally generating the electricity from the dedicated Bio Gas Generators manufactured by us.

Developing Indigenous Capabilities for Processing Organic Wastes

Dr David Fulford

MEI CEnv Kingdom Bioenergy Ltd. Reading, United Kingdom

Part of the team that started the Nepal biogas program, under DCS (Development and Consulting Services) of UMN (United mission to Nepal) from 1977 to 1984. Director of GGC (Gobar Gas Company), started the development of the domestic biogas plant design of which 300,000 have been built in Nepal.

Wrote “Biomass: Challenges and Experience in Nepal” with John Finlay, Mamie Lau Wong and Andrew Bulmer (1985) United Mission to Nepal; “Running a biogas programme: a handbook (1988) Practical Action Pubs; “Small-scale rural biogas digesters” (to be published – 2014) Practical Action Pubs.

Returned to UK to do PhD in Engineering (Thermo-fluids), then taught on MSc course on Renewable Energy at University of Reading from 1988 to 2008, concentrating on biomass energy systems. Left to set up Kingdom Bioenergy Ltd, an independent consulting company. Trustee of Foundation SKG Sangha, a charitable company registered in UK to encourage biogas extension.

Assessor for Ashden, UK charity who give awards for best renewable energy projects in world. Did mid-term evaluation for UNDP funded biogas project in Nepal in 1991; performed evaluation of SNV Nepal and Asia biogas program in 2012.
Researched small-scale two-stage biogas digestion for food wastes with Bioplex Ltd; designed 3 tonne-a-day food waste biogas digester, now built in CMC Vellore.

Promotion of Biogas Technology For Productive Applications in Nepal

Samir Thapa

Assistant Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Nepal

Mr Samir Thapa, who joined AEPC in 2007, is working as the Assistant Director managing all activities of the biogas program in Nepal. He is also the coordinator for the Energy for All Investor Forums initiated with the Asian Development Bank since 2013. In 1997, Mr Thapa started his career working for the UN Rural Energy Development Program in Nepal and also worked with Winrock International before joining AEPC. Through 15 years of experience in renewable energy promotion, Mr Thapa gained expertise in demand based and planned deployment of different off grid technologies, both community owned and individual household systems. His area of work includes also the productive use of energy, micro finance and carbon finance. His education includes Bachelors in Engineering from Bangalore University and Masters in Renewable Energy Systems and Management from Germany.

Large Size and Cost Effective Biogas Plants for Commercial Uses

Govinda Prasad Devkota

Biogas Expert Consultant Nepal

Mr. Devkota has a wide range of experience, especially in renewable energy and environmental sectors. He started his involvement in these sectors while working for Biogas Company where, at various capacities, he worked towards developing necessary skills, raising awareness and providing guidance to various governmental and non-governmental sectors, institutions in undertaking responsibilities of developing biogas sector in Nepal.

He has conducted various researches especially in the design of biogas plants one of them is most commonly used in Nepal, development of appliances, using various alternative feedstocks and application of slurry in various crops. Later he worked with Development and Consulting Services, a UMN organisation at Butwal in various capacities starting from Divisional manager to Director. While at DCS, he was actively involved in preparation, evaluation and implementation of various enterprises development proposals in diverse sector. The experience is further strengthened by his input to the Local Governance Programme of UNDP and Nepal Biogas Promotion Group.