Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future
There is an urgent need for a new paradigm that integrates clean technologies into our day to day life. At present the world energy supply highly depends on conventional energy sources such as gas, oil and coal. Global warming, environmental degradation and increased fuel prices threatens the future of humanity. The current crisis is a clear call to transform our awareness and lifestyle.
In order to give a strong lead towards the development of clean technologies and a sustainable society, the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University is actively involved in the research and demonstration of alternative renewable energy concepts.
The Brahma Kumaris teaches Raja Yoga meditation, promotes values and ethics and operates more than 7000 meditation centers in India and 800 abroad. It became obvious to combine spirituality and values with the development of clean energy technologies. It is our understanding that the fusion of both will drive us towards a better future.
From a Spiritual Vision to Local Action
Since the mid 90’s, Brahma Kumaris has become one of the key developers and promoters of renewable energies in India. With Indian and German government support it has carried out various research and development projects. In order to strengthen its approach Brahma Kumaris works in close liaison with its sister organization, World Renewal Spiritual Trust (WRST), a registered charity. In 2011 Brahma Kumaris and WRST were recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
In 2014 an “Awareness & Training Centre” was set up by Brahma Kumaris & WRST with financial support from the United Nations Development Program, Global Environment Facility and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Brahma Kumaris has developed and installed 6 large concentrating solar systems which produce steam for various process applications. In addition it has set up and operates around 350 photovoltaic battery systems all over India with a total capacity of more than 1.4 MW peak. At present “India One”, a 1 MW solar thermal power plant is under construction near the Brahma Kumaris´ Shantivan Campus in Abu Road.
Brahma Kumaris & WRST are currently conducting research and training in the following technologies:
– Solar steam cooking systems
– Solar thermal power generation and thermal storage
– Photo voltaic stand alone systems
– Solar hot water plants
Capacity Building and Training
It is the aim of Brahma Kumaris to highlight the relation between our awareness and the technology we choose. We believe that a holistic approach based on peace, cooperation and love is the key to a sustainable future.
Brahma Kumaris inspires people to make use of renewable energy technologies by organizing training workshops, conferences and publishing research papers and articles. The research projects of Brahma Kumaris & WRST aim to build up the capacity and expertise of individuals, groups and organizations so that the design and layout of the different solar systems can be replicated.