Priyadarshan Sahasrabuddhe, a 34-year-old engineer from Pune creates biofuel from the waste in his society in a bid to reduce his dependence on non-renewable sources like LPG. He has installed a biofuel plant called Vaayu in his kitchen which converts carbohydrates from organic waste into methane gas. The biogas is stored in a balloon-like structure and is connected to the pipeline of the stove.
He believes that initiatives like these need to start at the grassroots level. He states that although a number of people advocating a green living by reducing the use of plastic or segregating our waste etc. However, it is important to turn efforts into something substantial and ensure that there is some relevant gossip about the same in the circles.
He adds that plant and food waste give out slurry which is an excellent manure for plants and that every six months we service the system and remove solid undigested material. Vaayu runs on its own and doesn’t need running energy. He collects waste from his building which includes raw vegetables and stale food and uses it to create the biofuel.
He has also started an informal community of like-minded nature enthusiasts who brainstorm to create innovative solutions and share them with others. The community is called Vaayu Mitra and provides biofuel solutions depending on the number of people residing in a house. He believes that social collaboration is a must for developing effective green solutions.
Priyadarshan is also working with Swaccha, a society of people who collect waste and Priyadarshan training them to operate biogas plants which will also help in generating a steady income.
Garbage disposal remains a key problem in metropolitan cities. If each society learns to manage their waste effectively within their premises it can create an amazing impact on the environment. Priyadarshan’s biogas plant produce 600-700 litres of the 1000 litres, the house needs. With more people and societies adopting these methods, will lead to better waste management as well as reduce our Carbon footprint!
Time to salute hero’s like Priyadarshan too who are smaritarians for the mother earth, the universe and the living habitat with these initiatives with the hope and faith that more and more people will come forward to adopt these methods and we hope such initiative also become buzzing and trending news for a wider segment of people inhabiting this planet !