Solar powered portable cold storage, grid monitoring system among winners of Social Alpha Energy Challenge 2.0


Technologies for solar powered portable cold storage, smart metering, analytics for decentralized grids, energy storage and EV based solutions made it to the winners list of the Social Alpha Energy Challenge 2.0.

The winners were selected from more than 150 applicants across the country, which were screened for their unique technology and business model, strong focus on affordability and accessibility, and social, economic and environmental impact.

The winners will be incubated by the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC)—an Energy Innovation Lab jointly established by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council under the Department of Biotechnology, Tata Trusts and Tata Power reflecting strong PPP commitment for promoting new affordable solutions for clean energy. CEIIC will support entrepreneurs by providing industry and field connect critical for product development.

The winning startups included:

Elicius Energy: A fuel cell energy storage technology that not only offers clean power but also provides an increase in power density as compared to the current market standard and lower initial purchase costs.

Offgrid Energy Labs: Developed a ZincGel battery that can outperform current lead acid batteries in terms of power density, battery-life and cost, thereby significantly reducing the number of batteries.

Feyman Innovations: A light-weight and energy efficient robotic cleaning solution that can clean solar panels with zero water usage and negligible/minimal stress on the panels.

Tan90: Portable, solar-powered cold storage system powered by thermal battery that can reduce wastage of farm produce and increase farmer incomes.

Doorastha Analytics: Developed solar powered grid monitoring system that can do a full performance monitoring of the power network within the micro-grid and generate live data that can help improve its performance

Meladath Auto: An innovative retrofit table conversion kit that can replace the front wheel of the scooter and can be converted into an electric scooter without any modifications.

NRG Village: An IoT-based grid-connected microgrid operating platform, which allows consumers to control their energy use, thereby enabling incentivising of consumers, utilities, prosumers, and finance companies of decentralised renewable solutions.

SwitchDin: A virtual power plant and micro-grid platform which integrates with most solar and battery systems in the market to enable site energy management as well as coordination across micro-grids or virtual power plants.

Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary Department of Biotechnology & Chairperson BIRAC, said, “The incubation support at the Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC) would play a catalytic role for lab-to-market facilitation to the winners of the Energy Challenge 2.0.  Under Mission Innovation, CEIIC is a first of its kind International Incubation Centre jointly established by DBT/BIRAC, Tata Trusts & Tata Power reflecting strong PPP commitment for promoting new affordable solutions for clean energy.”

 “We already have eight cleantech companies in our portfolio that have demonstrated the potential to collectively reduce more than 90 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year by 2030. We are really looking forward to this year’s winning innovations and believe that they will further strengthen India’s leadership in global shift towards clean and sustainable energy,” added Manoj Kumar, Founder and CEO, Social Alpha and Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Tata Trusts

The winners will receive customised lab-to-market incubation support at CEIIC, which includes access to world-class lab infrastructure and test beds, technical advisory, R&D support for product design and manufacturing, etc.

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