Funding from Aston University and the Oglesby Charitable Trust has enabled EBRI to work closely with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Ropar to make this innovative technology available as a pilot phase in three villages of the Ropar District:
- Khuaspura: 200 acres of farm land; Approximately 1450 inhabitants
- Hussainpur 300 acres of farm land; Approximately 2000 inhabitants
- Ladal: 200 acres of farm land; Approximately 500 inhabitants.
In July 2013, two events were held in India to showcase the work of EnergyHarvest and the progress of the project to date. These events took place at IIT Ropar (2nd July) and at the British Council in New Delhi (3rd July) and were both well attended. Having created a huge amount of interest from business, industry, government, academia and the media, it is clear that this project has struck a chord with people within India and beyond. They too want to be involved and to make a difference.
Bearing in mind the clear need for increased engagement in India, Aston University and IIT Ropar have established a charitable trust to further develop this concept and technology in India - the Energy Harvest Charitable Trust. This charity is responsible for raising the funds needed for the next phase: a further 5-6 mobile units to conduct further testing and business modelling throughout India.
Read more about the project's progress to date.