Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences won the prestigious Energy Globe Award in the ‘Fire’ category for modernizing preparation of food for students through biogas, steam cooking, solar water heating and rain water collection systems. The Award was presented at the Presidential Palace in Tehran.
KISS is home to 27,000 indigenous students and has been providing free accommodation and food facilities, besides education and other life skill training.
“This project is innovative in many ways especially for mass cooking. The special designed cooking pots are tilting to load / unload food in an easy way. The steam cooking of rice is extremely time efficient. Semi-automatic peelers, dicers and mass cutting machines for different local vegetables make work faster. The installation of water sterilizers ensures clean water. The adopted process includes UV on-line treatment. The kitchen and dining waste is put into a biogas plant where it is converted to useful fuel and compost. This sustainable model of organic waste management is useful for residential institutes,” read the project pitch.
KISS was the only institute selected as a finalist from India across all categories. As many as 2000 projects were submitted from 178 countries. Remarkably, The Energy Globe Award is considered as the highest award for Sustainable Energy in the world.
Mr. Suvendu Panda, the Nodal Officer of KIIT & KISS Green, received the award on behalf of KISS. Expressing his pleasure over the extraordinary achievement of KISS, The Founder of KISS Dr. Achyuta Samanta said, “It is a moment of pride for India, Odisha and KISS.”
Two more projects ” Inflatable solar collectors made of plastic films” from Spain and Biomass Gasification to reduce Lime Kiln Fossil Fuel Oil from Thailand had made to the final round.