BP Energy India Limited promotes a new ‘smokeless’ stove called ‘Oorja’, for the Indian Market. Developed in conjunction with the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, this stove runs on pellets made from agricultural wastes. A mini-fan, powered by rechargeable batteries and controlled by a regulator, blows air to fan the flames. The technology is said to increase combustion efficiency, and provides users with the option of using this cleaner fuel. A whole system, including a pelletizing plant, is required for effective use of this stove.
A pilot study of the stove in Tamil Nadu and Maharastra State began in 2006 and operations are being expanded to Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.