IIT Madras teams bag two of the top five honours in Carbon Zero

IIT Madras teams bag two of the top five honours in Carbon Zero

'(FROM L_R) Mr. Robert G Burgess, U.S. Consul General, Chennai, Shri Vikram Kapur, IAS, Principal Secretary , Mr. Kris Canekeratne, Chairman & CEO – Virtusa Corporation & Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras'

It is a pioneering initiative to identify innovative and indigenous solutions to India’s unique energy problems

Chennai, 9th February 2018: The finale of Carbon Zero - Renewable Energy Innovation Challenge(CZeroC) was hosted today, 9th February 2018, by the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras). This South-India level event was conducted jointly with Industrial Waste Management Association (IWMA), U.S. Consulate in Chennai and Polaris, a Virtusa Company. The challenge aims to encourage technological innovations among college students and early startups. The winners were announced during the Grand Finale in the presence of a host of industry experts and dignitaries.

The projects that won the Innovation Excellence Awards with Funding for Incubation Support are:

a) Innovative Building and Cooling Systems – Student team from IIT Madras.

b) Enviro – Student team from IIT Madras.

c) Blue Wave – Startup from Bengaluru

Additionally, two more teams won the Innovation Excellence Awards but without funding support:

d) Turbo T – Student team from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bengaluru.

e) Ozone -  Student team from Kongu Engineering College, Erode.

Shri VikramKapur, IAS, Principal Secretary to TN Government, Energy Department, was chief guest for the prize distribution said, “It is indeed a pioneering exercise undertaken by IIT Madras and others to encourage so many of you to spend time in developing projects in an era where energy is in the forefront and has undergone rapid transformation. The Government of India has announced ambitious plans to encourage the use of renewable energy. My best wishes to the teams who have participated in this challenge. I hope this contest sets a path for new breed of entrepreneurs."

Mr. Vikram Kapur and other dignitaries interacted with the college students and startups who had qualified for the finals. The teams demonstrated their products to the dignitaries.

The challenge is a one-of-its-kind contest with the objective being to identify innovative and indigenous technological solutions to India’s unique energy problems and nurture them to reach a stage of market scalability. The larger goal was to foster a sustainable ecosystem wherein renewable energy and clean technology ideas can emerge and develop into long-term solutions.

Speaking about the Challenge,Mr. Robert G Burgess, U.S. Consul General, Chennai, said, “The U.S. Consulate is a strong supporter of innovation and entrepreneurship, which drive economic growth, improve quality of our daily lives and give us tools to address our shared challenges. As you launch your career, remember that innovation and social change go hand-in-hand. Your creativity and technical skills will benefit your community, your country and the world in the years ahead.”

An Expert panel of Screening Committee from the renewable energy and clean technology fields, evaluated the initial set of applications and the Top 54 Teams were shortlisted for Interviews. The shortlisted 54 teams pitched their project ideas to a Panel of Expert Jury on July 18, 2017. From this, a total of 25 teams were selected to go to the next phase of CZeroC

Presiding over the function, Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said, “IIT Madras is delighted to be associated with Carbon Zero Challenge. We're very impressed with the number of submissions as well as the shortlisted teams. The area of energy is very important for the world, particularly India. New ideas that will help us to move to a greener and cleaner world are the need of the hour. We hope that this kind of effort will continue for many years and IIT Madras would be happy to be associated with it.”