The journey of Muni Seva Ashram in sustainability started much before it became fashionable to talk about it. Anuben, MSA’s Founder, believed firmly in living and growing in harmony with nature.
Sustainable development is a way of human development wherein the use of resources meets human needs while preserving the environment. Living with sustainability does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Muni Seva Ashram is an active agent in the drive for sustainable development, with large-scale interests in organic farming, agro-forestry, horticulture, animal husbandry, solar energy, and biogas.
Over the years, the Ashram had made a sustained effort to use modern technologies to reduce the use of conventional resources. Please visit the various Sustainability dropdowns to learn more about the Ashram’s varied efforts towards promoting the use of renewable energy.
Muni Seva Ashram uses solar energy for heating water, cooking meals, lighting, and ventilation demands on-campus.
Everyday, 31,000 liters of water is heated and used, through solar flat plate collectors, at the Ashram’s kitchens, guest houses and hospitals. We also have two Scheffler Dishes (10m2 each) at the Sharda Mandir school, used to cook meals for 200 students. The Green Campus at Vankuva, home to our Eklavya and Vivekanand Schools, lunch and dinner for 400 students is cooked using 10 Scheffler dishes (10m2 each) and thermic oil as a heat carrier. Box solar cookers and SK10/14 parabolic solar cookers are also used for domestic cooking and demonstrations.
Since grid power was not available when Green Campus was being built, a 13KW solar power plant was installed to meet the lighting and ventilation demands of the schools and hostels. Most of the street lights at the Ashram are automatic, self-contained solar photovoltaic systems (with panels mounted on the light poles)
As Muni Seva Ashram grew in size over the years, Ashram employees remained very conscious about cost reduction and sustainability. As a result, the Ashram adopted many sustainable technologies wherever possible, allowing work activities to be in harmony with nature. One such technology was the use of compression cylinders to create bio-gas, a combustible gas made of fermented cow dung that can be used to cooking and as fuel in farm vehicles.
Today, biogas is produced at both the Ashram’s Gaushala Cow Sheds and the Green Campus at Vankuva. In addition to using cow dung, the Gaushala biogas plant utilizes organic food waste to generate gas for kitchens on the Ashram’s main campus.
Another 430m3 biogas plant, fueled by cow dung, press mud from sugar mills, chicken litter, and kitchen waste, produces gas that is enriched by scrubbing and bottled under pressure. This compressed natural gas, called Bio-CNG, serves the Ashram’s Athiti Mandir (guest house) kitchen.
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