New technologies paving the way in combating climate change

New Delhi: Innovative technologies for electric vehicle battery charging, solar drying and space heating, efficient storage to reduce horticulture waste and thermal energy storage for cold chains are the four winning solutions that can potentially reduce 13 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually by 2030.

Felicitated at 9th Climate Solver India awards virtually hosted by WWF-India, the winners were selected by an eminent jury from over 70 applicants across the country after the participants were screened for their unique technology and business model, strong potential in emission reduction and scale-up, as well as social and environmental co-benefits.

Climate Change has necessitated strong and sustained reductions in emissions to help address the climate crisis. Climate innovations present a clear pathway to tackle climate change and achieve the transition to a low-carbon future.

“The WWF Climate Solver initiative fosters such innovation-led solutions for mitigating global emissions while addressing some of the most pressing local environmental challenges pertaining to mobility, air pollution, energy efficiency, and natural resource degradation,” a WWF release said.

Since its launch in 2012, the Climate Solver platform has awarded 30 innovative low-carbon technologies in India, amongst the 124 entrepreneurs recognised globally.

Amongst the awardees, Log9 Materials Scientific Private Limited has developed a unique battery technology that allows rapid charging of electric 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers in about 15 and 30 minutes, respectively. With a life of more than 10 years, this technology eliminates the need for costly battery replacements. Also, features like faster acceleration, and top speed make these batteries ideal for fleet operators and use in the urban environment. The global adoption of this innovation has the potential to reduce 4.6 million tonnes of GHG emissions by 2030.

SaptKrishi Scientific Private Limited was awarded for its innovative solution- Sabjikothi – a microclimate-based storage and transportation solution for fruits and vegetables. The patented technology is a portable, wheel-mountable, cost-effective solution that extends the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables for 3 to 30 days, thus preventing food wastage. The innovation is more than 80 per cent energy-efficient in comparison to the conventional cold storage solutions and has the potential to reduce three million tonnes of GHG emissions by 2030.

PLUSS Advanced Technologies Private Limited has developed innovative phase change materials (PCMs) for cold chain applications. Their PCMs comprise inorganic salts that change their phase at a specific temperature. These PCMs increase the temperature retention ability of freezers/coolers by up to 16 hours during power outages and reduce energy consumption by 25 per cent, with a potential to reduce 1.3 million tonnes of GHG emissions by 2030.

Neochlorus Energy Solutions Private Limited has developed an innovative decentralised solar dryer-cum-space heating system with thermal energy storage to efficiently dry agricultural products and provide space heating in the Himalayan region. The technology stores excess heat during solar hours and dissipates it during non-solar hours for continuous drying process, and can be modified to provide space heating during the harsh winter seasons. The estimated GHG reduction by global adoption of this technology is likely to be 4 million tonnes by 2030.

[Note: This story is a part of ‘Punascha Pruthibi – One Earth. Unite for It’, an awareness campaign by Sambad Digital.]

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