Passive Solar Housing Keeps People Warm In Icy Ladakh

Passive Solar Housing Keeps People Warm In Icy Ladakh

What do you do when you are stationed at 12,000ft above sea level in a cold desert like Ladakh but do not have access to 24X7 power? The usual solution is to burn diesel and kerosene to keep warm or, if it’s available, burn firewood.

This is exactly what people in Ladakh have traditionally done and so does the Indian army for scores of its men stationed out there in Ladakh, the trans-Himalayan region spread over almost 85% of Jammu & Kashmir state. With the mercury dipping to minus 20 degrees Celsius or lower during winter nights, and about minus 5 degrees Celsius at night during March and April, it becomes virtually impossible to live without proper heating.

To top it, Ladakh is not connected to the national electricity grid. It has a few areas that get power from local hydropower plants while de-centralised solar power helps in many other remote areas but is highly inadequate. Read More…

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