Environment Friendly Cost Effective Bio-socket for Electricity

New Delhi, February 10, 2014 (Washington Bangla Radio): The SNV Netherlands Development Organization, a pioneer in promoting biogas plants in the world, plans to install 'Bio-Socket' in the country's 35,000 biogas plants to generate electricity for rural households.

The first prototype of Bio-Socket was tested in Bangladesh during August 2013 and the prototype was upgraded based on the feedback from the potential users. Currently from December 2013 onwards, the second phase of field-testing is underway in kitchen of four households at Nolam (Savar), Bathuli (Dhamrai) and Garpara (Manikganj).

Rehaj Uddin, a dweller of Garpara village of Manikganj district, has recently introduced the Bio-Socket in his biogas plant, is benefitting from multipurpose use of his biogas. Now he can not only cook but also charge his mobile phone and educate his children in the evening.

Redwanoor Rahman (Bulbul), managing director of Rahman Renewable Energy Company (RREC), engaged to provide local support for the testing and development of the Bio-Socket, said it was found in the field testing that the Bio-Socket can supply electricity for four hours daily.

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Rajeev Munankami, Senior Technical Adviser, SNV said cooking, from a bio-socket a villager can charge mobile phone and light kitchen and students of a family can also do their homework in the evening. He also said cost of product will be affordable for villagers as a rural family can have the bio-socket spending only Taka 2,000 with easy installment for years.

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Villagers want to charge their mobile phone but they don't have power whereas solar is expensive so those villagers having biogas plants in place can easily use the affordable and user-friendly bio-socket. It is technically proved that bio-socket works thus SNV want to transfer the technology through local entrepreneurs. This new product is also being developed in Tanzania and Rwanda.

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