Bihar firm wins Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy
LONDON: Two Indian firms have won the prestigious Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, considered as the ” Green Oscar”.
A cash prize of 20,000 pounds each were also given to them at a ceremony held here last night.
Pankaj Patel, Chief of the Abellon CleanEnergy, Gujarat received the International Award and cash prize of 20,000 pounds on behalf of the company for producing biomass pellets from crop waste to fuel Gujarat’s industries and for giving farmers a market for their waste products.
Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder director of the Ashden Awards and chair of the judging panel said: “Abellon has devised a system that relies on a local clean source of energy to reduce Co2, by replacing dirty industrial fuels, drive economic growth, improve crops yields and support farmers.”
“This is a showcase example of how the use of local, clean energy can provide effective and commercially viable solutions to local challenges. We hope others can learn from this exciting and successful initiative,” Butler-Sloss said.
Abellon currently produces over 65,000 tonnes of biomass pellets a year and aims to open two more pellet plants in Gujarat in the next five years, trebling its production and expanding operations into international markets.
Gyanesh Pandey received the award and cash prize on behalf of Husk Power Systems, Bihar, which has built 65 power plants across the state fired by gasified rice husks, embedded local grids and hired local people to help run the operations.