Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering Lavale

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Where in the world?Post-Maindargi Taluka-Akkalkot District-Solapur, India
How did it start?Jaggery machinery is diesel-dependent and inefficient.
How were they suffering?Poor yields accompanied by fossil fuel dependency.
What did they do?Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering Lavale set out to develop alternative, sustainable machines that were powered by renewables.
How did it turn out?Impacted some 2500 people with employment, increased revenue and sustainable energy production.

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Jaggery is a traditional non-centrifugal cane sugar. Conventional jaggery manufacturing in India’s sugarcane producing belt is one of the oldest small scale business enterprises. However, it performs poorly in terms of technical and economical sustenance due to heat losses, over-sizing of machines and wastage of bagasse.

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Conventional jaggery units, located in remote rural areas with shortage of power supply, force farmers and rural entrepreneurs to use diesel generator sets that caused huge carbon emissions, noise pollution and increased operational costs of the jaggery business.
The lack of cost effective and scientifically designed energy efficient jaggery units triggered the need to address power load and environmental challenges faced by farmers and rural entrepreneurs involved in jaggery making.

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The College developed jaggery units with 30-50 Ton crushing per day capacities. Furnaces were constructed with thick firebricks that significantly reduce the heat lost in furnace walls.

Smart heavy duty, planetary gearbox sugarcane crushers improved juice extraction efficiency up to 90% with zero transmission losses, and reduced maintenance, space & foundation cost required.

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The initiative has directly impacted 2500 people with rural employment opportunities & women empowerment. Annual generated electricity is 16.08 MWh and GHG emission has been reduced by 7%. There are no power shortage, black out or load shedding issues and diesel consumption is reduced by 90% compared to conventional jaggery units. More than 40% of bagasse is saved, providing additional revenue to farmers.

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