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Biomass Energy

biomassThe biomass energy component (previously the improved cook stove (ICS) component) of ESAP Phase II began in March 2007 and is running the final years activities till 2012 with realigned development objective. Now the project is being implemented by AEPC as NRREP. During ESAP Phase 1 and the bridging phase, the ICS component was one of the most successful in achieving its objective and meeting dissemination targets. It has been focused on improving fuel wood efficiency and addressing gender and health issues through ICS programmes in the mid-hills.

ESAP Phase II has provided a comprehensive approach towards overall biomass energy development that supports the achievement of the long-term development objectives of poverty reduction, social justice, and the empowerment of the rural population. In addition to promoting ICS, the BESP component has an objective of working on strengthening biomass energy policy, build institutional capacity and promote decentralization in the rural energy sector. It had included all major biomass energy technologies such as biomass briquettes, bio-fuel and gasifiers including improved cook stoves. 

The agreement was made between the Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC)/ Energy Sector Assistance Programme (ESAP) and Beautiful Nepal Association (BNA) on January 2006 to work BNA as Service provider of AEPC/ESAP at Mid-west region for the promotion of different renewable energy technologies. Biomass Energy Component of BNA has been working as a part of Regional Renewable Energy Service Centre (RRESC) to promote Biomass Energy Technologies in the four districts of Mid-west namely Surkhet, Dailekh, Jajarkot and Kalikot for the promotion of mud ICS and other working districts for the dessimination of the Metallic ICS.

RRESC/BNA has Biomass Energy Engineer as the chief of the component, Field Technical Coordinators in district level under the Regional Coordinator/Team Leader.  District based NGOs are working for programme as Local Partbner Organizations (LPOs) of BNA for the promotion of BEC on respective districts. 

What is Biomass Energy?

Biomass, as a renewable energy source, refers to living and recently dead biological material that can be used as fuel or for industrial production. In this context, biomass is commonly plant matter grown to generate electricity or produce heat. For example, forest residues garden waste and wood chips may be used as biofuel. Biomass also includes plant or animal matter used for production of fibers or chemicals and biodegradable wastes that can be burnt as fuel. It excludes organic material which has been transformed by geological processes into substances such as coal or petroleum.

For more information please visit: http://aepc.gov.np/RET Technologies/Biomass

           Status of Installation, Local partner organizations(LPOs), Promoters, VDC coverage (as of  December 2012)

District ICS installed  No of LPOs  No of Promoter

No of VDCs 

Surkhet 10593 2 114 41 2006 to till
Dailekh 9682 2 106 43 " "
Jajarkot 7740 2 73 30 " "
Kalikot 1834 1 31 15 " "
Doti  1110 3 5 20 2006-2007
Baitadi 452 2 23 30 " "
Dadeldhura 638 3 13 20 " "


Some other remarkable Achievements 

  • Indoor Air Pollution Free VDCs declares in Dailekh and Kalikot districts. 
  • 72 IICS installed in Maoist Cantonment of Dasarathpur VDC of Surkhet in partnership with GIZ-Nepal 
  • Inclusion of Gender and Social Inclusion Component in Renewable Enery Technology

RRESC BNA has been facilitating for the promotion of the Metallic Improved Cook Stoves for the high hills (above 2000m altitute) for cooking and room heating. There is a provision of subsidy of NRs 2700.00 for 2 pothole MICS and 4000.00 for 3 pothole MICS. Total of 1789 MICS has installed in the facilitation of RRESC/BNA in Kalikot, Jumla, Mugu, Humla and Jajarkot districts. 

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