our efforts to disseminate appropriate energy technologies based on local
energy sources, a project to set up a community bio-gas plant was initiated
in Pura village, Kunigal taluk. Tumkur district in October 1979.
Under this project a rural energy center was set up at Pura with the following
The energy center has two biogas plants of 750 cft/day capacity.
gas generated is used to run a dual fuel engine-genset of 7 HP .5
kVA rating running on diesel and biogas. About 75% of the diesel is
replaced by biogas in this mode of operation.
electricity thus generated is used to pump water to the village drinking
water supply system and to provide electrical illumination for the
water supply system consists of a 3-phase, 3 HP, 1500 gallons/hr submersible
pump, 1 2500 litres overhead tank and 9 taps located at convenient
sites in the village, one of them being for livestock.
lighting system consists of 97 fluorescent lamps of 20W each of illuminate
the households and one fluorescent lamp of 40 W for the biogas plant