The overall aim of Foundation SKG Sangha is to encourage the use of renewable energy technologies (RETs), especially biogas and other biomass energy conversion technologies, to help communities who lack resources. People can discover that they have many more resources than they thought they had, once they understand how to use them.
Renewable energy technologies use resources that are already locally available to provide the energy required for various activities in which people are involved in their daily lives.
Biomass, for example, can be converted into energy in various ways. Many people are used to burning wood to provide heat to cook their food. Improved cook stoves (ICSs) can be designed that make this process much more efficient, so less wood needs to be collected each day. Well designed ICSs reduce the amount of smoke in the kitchen, reducing the bad effects that smoke has on people’s health.
Animal dung is traditionally dried in some places and burned as fuel, giving rise to strong smelling smoke. A biogas plant converts the dung into a gaseous fuel, which can be used for cooking. The residue is still a good fertiliser, so that aspect of the traditional use of dung is not lost.
Other RETs include solar pv for lighting and water pumping, micro-hydro-power for electricity generation, wind power for pumping and electricity generation as well as a range of other approaches.
Foundation SKG Sangha is also looking to develop a wider range of RETs and to improve the use of existing ones through R & D work.