Energy Sessions

This World Environment Day, NDTV and Grundfos organised sessions to discuss energy-efficient solutions, ideas and energy-intelligent innovations.

Watch it here:
NDTV 24X7: 4 pm (IST) on June 5, June 7 and June 14
NDTV India: 11:30 am (IST) on June 7
NDTV Prime: 5 pm (IST) on June 7 and June 14

Session 1: Cracking The Energy Code – Taking Energy From A Cost To An Asset

Highlight current issues and gaps, suggest solutions, policy changes etc

Mr Krishan Dhawan, Chief Executive Officer – Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, India
Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Executive Director & Country Head – HSBC and Former President – FICCI
Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General- Bureau of Energy Efficiency
Ms Mili Majumdar, Director, Sustainable Habitat Division – TERI
Ms Beroz Gazdar, Head Sustainability – Mahindra and Mahindra
Mr Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General – Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
Mr Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director – Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL)
Mr N K Ranganath, Managing Director – Grundfos Pumps India
Dr Prem Jain, Chairman – IGBC – CII
Ms Deepa Sathiaram, Executive Director – En3
Mr Samit Aich, Executive Director – Greenpeace
Mr MS Unnikrishnan, MD & CEO – Thermax
Rohan Parikh – Head, Green Initiatives, Infosys

Session 2: India Energized – Innovations for a Greener, Cleaner Tomorrow – 30 mins
Showcase energy-intelligent ideas


Ms Mili Majumdar, Director, Sustainable Habitat Division – TERI
Ms Sunita Narain, Director General – Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
Mr Jørgen Bjelskou, Group Public Affairs Director – Grundfos
Ms Beroz Gazdar, Head Sustainability – Mahindra and Mahindra
Mr Pavan Sachdeva, Sr. G.M. Public Affairs – Mahindra & Mahindra
Mr Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director – Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL)
Feli Visco, Founder, Lawma and Visco, Crowdfunding project “Lights In Pongging
Mr MS Unnikrishnan, MD & CEO – Thermax

Session 3: 
It’s All About ME – The Power of An Individual – 45 mins
Demonstrate how an individual/organisation can bring about change; felicitate winners of the Energy Challenge

Mr N K Ranganath, Managing Director – Grundfos Pumps India
Mr S Raghupathy, Executive Director, CII-Godrej GBC
Dr Prem Jain, Chairman – IGBC – CII
Ms Sunita Narain, Director General – Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General – CII


Innovators showcased during the Sessions
• Mandar Tulankar, Engineer (Nagpur)
Innovation : Mobile phone Shoe Charger
Founder, Zero Point Energy Private Ltd. Focuses on building innovative products by harnessing the concept of converting pressure into electricity. Developed an innovative “Mobile Shoe Charger” that charges mobile phones while you walk. This promises to be a boon for rural India where lifestyles involve long hours of walking and lack of electricity; but everyone owns a mobile phone. This is a patented technology and has been recognised by various organisations (Winner, Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) 2012 ; Winner, Best Innovator Global, New York Stock Exchange in 2012).

• Mohd. Raaes, Mechanic (Sagar)
Innovation: A car that runs on water
This mechanic from Sagar in Madhya Pradesh has altered an petrol engine car to run on acetylene gas which he generates by mixing water and calcium carbide in a tank placed in the back of his car. It may sound easy but it took Raaes about 3 years to perfect this system and he has applied for a patent. Raaes is a self-trained mechanic, his garage has been his lab for decades. Raaes feels acetylene has a huge potential as an alternative fuel as it is not only cheaper than petrol or diesel but also is eco-friendly.

• Subhav Sinha, Engineer (New Delhi/Bangalore)
Innovation: Mitra – a solar personal mover
Designed in 2009, the ‘eureka’ moment for this idea came to Subhav while watching a cartoon! Subhav says that “an aspect which accelerated the idea was the excessive walking that we had to do in our college while walking from class to class.” It took him 6 months to come up with the first prototype. Mitr is a solar battery hybrid which can be used to avoid walking long distances in places like large factories, airports, warehouses, green buildings, tourist spots, etc. The vehicle is self-balancing and can be used on Indian roads. Further, this vehicle is around 80% more efficient than a petrol driven scooter or bike and can help greatly in reducing your carbon footprint. The project was a finalist at the CII India Innovation Initiative (i3), was used in the Commonwealth Games 2010 and part of the 10th Auto Expo in New Delhi. Subhav has filed a global PCT application for the innovation.

• Team Shunya – Deepa More and team, IIT (Mumbai)
Innovation: a solar-powered, sustainable house
In 2030, the number of urban middle class houses is projected to increase from 22 million to 91 million. If this growth is allowed to happen unchecked, the country cannot expect to grow sustainably. This team of passionate young engineering and architecture students is building a solar-powered, sustainable house for the Indian middle class, which could serve as the answer to India’s growing energy and housing problems. The house will incorporate some traditional building practices like vastu, a central space, community resource-sharing arrangements etc. and at the same time modern innovations such as structurally insulated panels, a novel HVAC system, building integrated PV etc.
They are India’s first entry into the Solar Declathlon about to kick off in Europe this month.

• Mansukh Bhai Prajapati (Rajkot)
Innovation: Mitticool – a clay refrigerator that works without electricity
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam called him a ‘true scientist’. A school drop-out, he has achieved a feat that many in the world envy. Mitticool, a clay refrigerator that works without electricity had turned the world’s attention to its creator Mansukhbhai Prajapati, a craftsman based in Gujarat. He was presented with a national award in 2009. Mansukhbhai is not keen on money; his ambition is to make more low-cost and eco-friendly products for the masses

• Versa Drives (Coimbatore)
Innovation: Superfan
Every household in India has a fan, however this is one product that has seen no innovation or upgradation in terms of efficiency for more than half a century. This is why Versa drives decided to come up with superfans: one of the world’s lowest power consuming ceiling fan (35W) that has the potential to reduce the consumption by half. Studies by Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment reveal that worldwide consumption can come down by 70TWh per year if when super-efficient fans are only used. Apart from energy saving, Superfan also has many beneficial features like IR remote for speed control, consistent speed even with varying supply voltages, in-built power factor control to reduce harmonics, manufactured as a green product using ROHS electronics, VOC free paint and a recyclable packing that’s free of polythene bags & thermocol.


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