We saw several great projects in Auroville and environs.
One is called Prakti - a project to create fuel efficient stoves. Most people in India still cook on wood stoves and they both use too much wood and create a lot of smoke - which is toxic to inhale on a daily basis.
Prakti has created a stove that optimizes the heat value of the wood and smokes very little. It is a great project and the stoves are already in use in many places in Tamil Nadu. Here are some pictures from our visit to Prakti's R+D facility.
My friend Amos observing Prakti prototypes being heated up.
Brochure developed in Tamil language. You can find the project website at praktidesign.com
Here is the chief engineer with their large kitchen model. These are in use at Sadhana Forest.
There are many permaculture projects in Auroville. One of them was at Evergreen where we stayed. It is very interesting to know that fifty years ago when Auroville was established, the land was almost completely desert.
Near Citadines we met a fellow called Domenico. He was a PhD student from Italy, and he had developed a self watering system of planters made out of pop bottles cut in half.
Lili showing how the lid is perforated - this gets set into the bottom half of the bottle which has water in it. Half the plants are in open soil for comparison in the previous image.
Sadhana Forest is a reforestation project in Auroville about 25 minutes from the main Auroville settlement. It is a great place for anyone to go and volunteer for 2 weeks - or 2 years! At the time of our visit they had about 70 volunteers, even one from Finland.
You can find out more about Sadhana Forest from their website sadhanaforest.org