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Raj Vable chosen as UO Public Impact Fellow

Second year Master’s student Raj Vable was chosen as one of this year’s UO Public Impact Fellowship recipients. His work with the non-profit Avani examines the ways that renewable energy can be used to address social inequities in rural India, specifically reducing women’s burden collecting firewood.

Avani is developing a renewable energy technology derived from pine needles to provide clean electricity to 300,000 people in the Kumaon Region of India’s Central Himalayas. Raj will be conducting his research in the Winter 2012 term to assess current cooking practices. In the meantime, he encourages you to view a video he made after a visit to their campus this summer, which explains the process of pine needle gasification.