Biogas based Radiant Floor

- Sustainable Heating Technology for Cold Areas -

In a small freezing cold village called Thiksey in Leh, the extremely cold temperatures at the place has led people to cut down trees in large amount to obtain wood for burning in cold winters. Electricity generation through solar panels is well suited in summers, but during winters, the absence of sunlight hampers the production of solar power.

A new sustainable technology solution called Nilaya housing may soon bring them some comfort from the cold without worries of incurring high energy loads and costs of heating during the cruel winter months when the temperature hits the mark of -30 deg celcius in winters. The technology developed by SMEF’s Brick School of Architecture and Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering is a radiant heating system that uses biogas to heat water in a closed system of pipes. The water transfers heat by circulation and is accompanied with a radiant floor heating system. The technology has received the Solar Decathlon Award by the IUSSTF, an autonomous bilateral organization jointly funded by both the Governments of India and the USA that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation for which the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and the U.S. Department of State are the respective nodal departments.

Partner Institutes:

1. SMEF’s Brick School of Architecture
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2. Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering
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Link to Department of Science & Technology's Project notification

The project has been appreciated for its simplicity and effectiveness. It is currently seeking funding for implementation of a prototype.

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