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.
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.
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, and Sri Lanka, and the major objective of the survey was to analyze the project’s impact against the mentioned indicators.
ISET-Nepal supported NEF in conducting this dialogue, which took place on 17-18 September, 2017 at Kavre. The major objectives of the workshop were to provide knowledge and sensitize the MHPs and CREEs on resilience concept, to discuss about efficient management of MHPs, and to impart knowledge about the Good Governance through efficient management, transparency and effective services.
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.
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.
To inform civil society about SEforALL activities, to share progress and draft results of country action agenda, and to ensure the involvement of civil society organization in delivery of SEforALL Country Action Agenda, a civil society consultation was conducted in Pokhara. Participants from civil societies, NGOs, and local organizations working on energy sector of Province 4 took part in the consultation workshop, and the activity was financially supported by Practical Action Nepal.
On 25th December 2016, a workshop for District chapter of National Association of Community Electricity Users Nepal (NACEUN) was conducted at Baireni, Dnading. The workshop was conducted in coordination with ISET-N and NACEUN. Members of district committee of NACEUN from Dhading, Gorkha, Kavre and Lalitpur were gathered together and were oriented on ways to effectively operate the district chapter. Concept of resilience at the face of adversities, integration of renewable energy on community electrification and resource mobilization were also presented at the workshop.
On 27th and 28th October 2016, an Energy Service Governance Training was conducted, where various local and central level partners working on sustainable energy service delivery took part. Governance training basically covered the concept of energy service governance, accountability, transparency, service quality, technology justice, tariff and relevant policy and acts. After conduction of the workshop/training, several feedbacks were received, and considering the experience and received responses, NEF concluded that the term energy includes wider spectrum including all types of fuels and technologies. And it would be difficult to intervene in whole energy sector at a time due to limitation of knowledge, tools, resources, and capacity. Thus, NEF would be promoting electricity governance instead of energy governance. With this learning, NEF has already developed concept and tools for promotion of electricity governance, and will be taken forward through capacity building of consumers and electricity service providers.
A workshop entitled “Energy for Youth” was conducted on 2nd October, 2016, in Nalang VDC of » Dhading district. Youths, locals, representatives from local political parties, teachers, students, and women of Nalang VDC participated on the workshop. And, information on importance and relevance of renewable energy, business opportunities as well as involvement of youth in renewable energy sector were discussed on the workshop.