Ongoing Research Programs

Production of Biomass briquetted fuel based on agro forestry waste as substitute for fuel wood for domestic and industrial sector of Nepal.

This project is funded by Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and coordinated by renewable Nepal Programme of Kathmandu University and SINTEF Energy AS Norway. Renewable Nepal is a programme for supporting research based industrial development in Nepal. In this collaborative research work, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) is the research partner and Mhepi Briquette Udyog (P) Ltd. is the industrial partner. The duration of the project is for three years starting from September 2010 to August 2013. The objectives of the project are as follows:-

1. Improvement of existing rice husk briquetting industry through technological intervention with better screw extruder and die technology.
2. Introduction of new bio-mass raw materials of less abrasive nature and higher heat content.
3. Development of heating and cooking devices for use of briquette fuels.

Other research activities of CEEN includes the design and development of

  • Technical Cooperation in Dissemination of Alternative Energy Fuel (Biobriquettes) for firewood and kerosene
  • Defining Technical Parameters for Quality Assurance of Biomass Briquettes
  • Renewable energy technologies
  •  Appropriate technology for charcoal making.


  • Briquette stove for domestic cooking and space heating.


  •  Institutional Briquette Stove for hotel and lodges.


  •  Promotion of improved cook stoves for domestic as well as institutional uses.


  •  Management and Utilization of Solid Wastes at domestic and field level.


  • Income generating activities for upgrading living standards of rural men and women.


  • Biogas technology and integration with other appropriate technologies


  •  Decentralized rural electrification through biomass gasification.


  •  Solar thermal and solar PV.


  • Appropriate solar drier for vegetable and apple drying.


  •  Community mobilization though people's participation.


  •  Appropriate technologies with labor saving options for women.