Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Taking innovations to market

Taking innovations to market is often more challenging than cretaing an innovation. During my visit to PDMA international conference held at R.M.K.Engineering College (near Chennai) on 20th December 2006, I came across two organisations succeful in this task. SELCO ,based in Bangalore takes solar appliances to masses with an innovative fiancial package. They can be contacted at SELCO, #313, 12th Main, 15th Cross , 5th Phase, J P Nagar, Bangalore - 560078, India. International Development Enterprises (India) based in Delhi has successful track record of taking farmer friendly technologies to market in a sustainable way. They can be contacted atINTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ENTERPRISES (INDIA), C 5/43, Safdurjang Development Area (1st & 2nd Floor), New Delhi 110016. The orgnaisation received Ashden award 2006 for diffusion of `treadle plump'. Other notable Indian awardee is Appropriate Technology Institute (ARTI) for compact biogas system and Vivekananda Kendra - NARDEP (VK-Nardep) for a series of advances to biogas designs.

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