Deutsche Video - Solar One Project
A Deutsche Welle (DW) TV crew visited the Solar One Project: India One at the Brahma Kumaris campus at Shantivan, Abu Road, Rajastan. This short video gives an excellent oversight of the project as well as the use of solar power on other sites managed by Brahma Kumaris. There is also a short interview with Dadi Janki who, at 97 years old, is the spiritual head of the organisation - and still very active.
This programme was broadcast in Germany 25 May 2013 21:30 - 22:00.
“India One” is executed by the World Renewal Spiritual Trust (a sister organization of the Brahma Kumaris) and partly funded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources (MNRE), India and the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). For more details, visit www.india-one.net
A more recent video from Brahma Kumaris, can be seen here
Awakening the Dreamer Workshop
The Brahma Kumaris and the Pachamama Alliance have together created the Awakening the Dreamer Workshop, an opportunity to engage members of the public in the most urgent and necessary questions of this age:
* Where Are We? – looking at the environmental, social and spiritual condition of the human family
* How Did We Get Here? – finding the root causes of our modern malaise
* What is Possible Now? – examining the alternative scenarios for our future
* Where Do We Go From Here? – finding a role to play in creating the future
The experience is based on the proven Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream Symposium developed by The Pachamama Alliance. This workshop has integrated BK meditations, BK examples, the Earth Care Workshop and a specific BK video. The workshop can take people from confusion, despair or denial into hope and committed action in just 4 hours. It combines powerful video elements, thought-provoking interactive exercises and meditation to inspire participants to take a stand for an entirely future and to begin to see themselves with a role to play in creating that future.
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For almost 20 years, Brahma Kumaris and its sister organization, the World Renewal Spiritual Trust (WRST), a recognized scientific and industrial research organization in India, have been conducting training, research and development in renewable energy technologies.
'India One', a 1 MW solar thermal power plant situated near the Brahma Kumaris Shantivan Campus in Abu Road, Rajasthan, India, is due to be completed in 2016. This innovative project uses 770 newly developed 60m2 parabolic dishes and features thermal storage for continuous operation. The plant will generate enough heat and power for a campus of 25,000 people and is a milestone for decentralized and clean power generation in India.
'India One' is implemented by WRST with partial funding from the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ).
A training centre sponsored by UN Development Programme (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and MNRE for the promotion of solar concentrating technologies has been set up at 'India One'.
Special news item
The Times of India made a special publication to mark the inauguration of the India One solar power plant at Shantivan, Rajastan. See the article...
Special Feature BK Green Newsletter
This newsletter is to celebrate the culmination of many years' of work leading to the new Solar Power plant, India One, going on-line. It is now producing power for the Shantivan complex, day and night. The plant was especially referred to by the Indian Prime Minister Navendra Modi in his speech to the Brahma Kumaris 80th year celebrations. Read the newsletter ...
New Delhi : BK Jaisimha from Solar Dept. Mt. Abu, BK Raghu, BK Savitha and BK Fatima met Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon'ble Minister of State for New & Renewable energy, Mines, Power and Coal, Govt. of India and explained to him about our Solar project (India One) and invited him to Madhuban. (click to enlarge image)
The Brahma Kumaris and the World Renewal Spiritual Trust received the prestigious CST & Solar Cooker Excellence Award 2016 by Sri Piyush Goyal, Hon`ble Minister of Power, Coal & Renewable Energies (NRE) on 29.04.2016.
The award was given for excellence in indigenization of CST/CST components in the country.
Newsletters for India One
Profile: India One and renewable energies
These are the latest profile documents for the 1MW solar project in India
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Solar Energy installations for large communities
Innovative solar research projects have lead towards new technologies for large-scale solar steam
cooking system for communities as well as intelligent standalone photovoltaic system ranging from 5 to 200kw.
Download Factsheet for large installations
Now more than ever a vegetarian diet is an option worth considering for those wanting to substantially reduce their carbon footprint. Many people who adopt a vegetarian diet are motivated by a desire to live with greater respect and feelings of protection for the animals and the Earth’s resources.
How a vegetarian lifestyle supports the environment:
- Worthwhile use of food: a steer that provides 200 kg of meat enables the preparation of about 1500 meals; with the cereal it ate, about 18000 meals could have been made.
- Worthwhile use of water: 1 kilo of meat requires at least 15000 – 30000 litres; 1 kilo of wheat requires at least 1000 litres.
- Worthwhile use of soil: a field of land can produce 6000 kg carrots, or 4000 kg apples, or 1000 kg cherries, or only 50 kg beef.
- Preventing deforestation: about 70% of arable land on earth is used for cattle-raising and growing cereals to feed them; enough land to feed the whole world population many times vegetarian; but even now, every minute, man destroys an area of forest equivalent to 5 football fields.
- Preventing air and water pollution: about 50% of water pollution in Europe is due to intensive animal farming; the pollution comes from slurry, manure and chemical fertilizers; every day, 2 million tons of this waste pollutes the Earth’s water.
By adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, more land, more water, and more food is available and less nature is destroyed or polluted. Sources:
“Livestock’s Long Shadow (2006) – FAO, For the environment Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases (1990) – W.H.O.
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." Albert Einstein
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