HPS Biomass Gasification Power Plant

Husk Power Systems (HPS)

Product description Brand name and product description

The Husk Power Systems technology is a 25 – 100 kW biomass gasifier that converts residual biomass to energy through pyrolysis and combustion of volatile gases. Husk Power Systems targets the agro-processing communities in the state of Bihar, India who process significant quantities of rice.

Husk Power Systems is located in Patna, Bihar, India.


Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

India, soon to expand to rest of Southeast Asia and Africa.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India (Sustainable Development Programme of Rural Electrification) and Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

A 40 kWe HPS plant costs around $30,000 USD to build and can provide electricity for 500 village households. HPS Total Landed Cost of Installation < $1,300 per kW, with operational cost < $0.15/kWh. Electricity fees start at INR100 ($2.20 USD per month for a basic connection that supplies two 15 W CFL lights and phone charging, plus 300 rupees for the connection (about $6. Customers can pay more for a higher power connection.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

There are a number of similar systems on the market by TinyTech Plants, India; DESI Power (NETPRO biomass power plant); Mali Biocarburant SA (biodiesel plant) and Simgas, Tanzania & TNO. At Rs. 2.20 per watt (4.4 U.S. cents), the company’s rates are among the cheapest across the globe per kW/h.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service
Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Target users are people living in rural underserved areas, BOP communities/ villages consisting of up to 1,000 households with combined power demand of villages averages 20-30 kWh. Ideal villages have 2km radius to plant with agricultural residue to power the plant within 10km. Cost of connection is about $6 USD and monthly fee of $2.20 USD for 7-8 hours of power. Ideal for typical households that require 45 watts per month mainly for lighting and phone charging. For bigger households and enterprises, Husk Power Systems employees conduct energy need audits and offer customized packages as per the customers’ needs and paying capacity.

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