Nepal Energy Foundation

Development of Electric Stove Standard and Standard Implementation Strategy in Nepal

The assignment was led by Nepal Energy Foundation in collaboration with CLASP, with the financial support from United Nations Foundation / Clean Cooking Alliance (formerly, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves). Project duration is of 1 year starting from January -December 2018. Two phases of the project are: Phase I – Standard Development for Electric Stoves, and Phase II – Preparation of Implementation Strategy. Electric Stove Standard is a national document endorsed and owned by Government of Nepal / Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology.

Research on “Green and Inclusive Energy in Nepal”

Green and Inclusive Energy (GIE) is a five-year strategic partnership of Hivos with the Dutch government, & launched in 2016. This is an advocacy & and lobby program funded by Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which aims to support a transition towards green and inclusive energy systems not only to better meet the energy access needs of the poor and reduce climate change, but also lead to improvement in the family health, food supplies, income and opportunities for women in order to allow them to participate more productively politically, socially and economically. NEF had conducted research on “Green and Inclusive Energy in Nepal” with the support from Practical Action. Major objective of this research project was to generate qualitative and quantitative empirical evidences for informed policy making process in energy sector which will be used to implement effective lobby and advocacy strategy and intervention in energy policy making process. The project started from September 2017 and ended on December 2017.

Piloting a project on Propeller Turbine for Low Head Energy Generation

Low head energy generation through use of Propeller turbine was tested in Peru and was a success, which is not used in Nepal yet. Thus, Nepal Energy Foundation with the support from Practical Action Nepal conducted a pilot project to study the feasibility of Propeller Turbine in Nepal. The test site was selected in Bukhel, Lalitpur and the results showed that Propeller Turbine can be used for energy generation using low head in Nepal too. Duration of the project was one year starting from January to December 2017.

Baseline Study for developing a gold standard voluntary carbon project on charcoal production and consumption

The study was conducted from October to December 2017 with the financial support from HELVETAS Nepal. Study was done on the prevalence of traditional pit system being practiced in the study districts, and charcoal yield from traditional pit system by informal sector, quality of charcoal, occupational health and safety of the workers involved in charring process was determined. Similarly, the project studied about the production potential and economics of charcoal production, explored the consumption of charcoal produced by informal sector and documented entire value chain of production through consumption of charcoal by type (Bee-hive briquette, Pillow briquette, cylindrical briquette, loose charcoal and Pulverized charcoal) using modern technologies by the formal sector.

End-line Survey of Improving Gender-Inclusive Access to Clean and Renewable Energy in Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka

The study took place from July and concluded on October 2017 with the financial support from Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal. Improving Gender- Inclusive Access to Clean and Renewable Energy in Bhutan, Nepal and Sri- Lanka is an Asian Development Bank Supported project aiming to increase rural women’s access to affordable and reliable clean and renewable energy sources and technologies in selected project sites in Bhutan,

Nepal, 4and Sri Lanka, and the major objective of the survey was to analyze the project’s impact against the mentioned indicators.

Assessment on quality of access to energy services, institutional structure and economic viability of various technological options for electrification in Rural Nepal

NEF in partnership with Universal Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. had conducted the study from February to August 2017 with the financial support from United Nations Development Project (UNDP) / Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). Project assessed the quality of electricity services provided in rural Nepal by different options such as micro hydro, solar PV, solar-wind hybrid and community rural electrification program of NEA, and provided recommendations for reliable and affordable electricity to rural Nepal.

Institutional Strengthening and Commercial Operation of Micro Hydro Power Plant in Dolakha District

The project was financially supported by Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC)/RERL, and was conducted from November 2016 to March 2017. Assessment of the overall management system of selected MHPs of Dolakha District was done and support for improvement of their management and institutional aspect was provided through the project.

Desk Research Study on “An Appropriate Model of Investing Remittance: A Case of Nepali Labor Migrants to Korea under EPS Scheme”

The study was supported by HELVETAS Swiss Interco-operation and was carried out by NEF being a part of JV with Phulchoki Energy Pvt. Ltd. The study aimed to explore appropriate mechanism to channel remittance in investment based on experiences and expectation of Nepali labor Migrants to Korea under EPS Scheme.

Enhancing Energy Management of Community Electrification through Technological and Policy Research

This is a research project of 3 years starting from December 2017 and ending in November 2020. The project is jointly conducted by NEF and South Lalitpur Rural Electric Cooperative Ltd. (SLREC) with support from Energize Nepal Project – Kathmandu University. Aim of the project is to increase organizational effectiveness of Community Rural Electric Entities (CREEs), taking case of SLREC. Technical parameters for SLREC’s energy losses are analyzed, potential areas of improvement in operational efficiency are recommended, solutions for loss reduction are recommended, and technological solutions are designed and implemented in pilot basis for electricity bill payment through the research project. It has been expected that the results and conclusion of this research project will be a valuable input for enhancement of community rural electrification management practices.