Clean technology (clean tech) is a general term used to describe products, processes or services that reduce waste and energy consumption. Rising urbanization, the effects of climate change and depleting non-renewable resources are continuously driving the need for clean technology.
Husk Power Systems, Bihar-based startup, uses proprietary technology to develop cost effective electricity by using a biomass gasifier that creates fuel from rice husks and provides power to thousands of rural Indians.
Delhi based startup, Karma Recycling, aims to address the rising problem of e-waste in India. It buys old electronics goods such as mobile phones and laptops from customers for recycling through trade-in programs and redistribute them around the country. They have empowered many who could not afford a brand new mobile device with branded smartphones at low cost, allowing them to benefit from mobile technology. Through mobile device re-use, tons of e-waste is continually being diverted from landfills.
Greenway Grameen Infra Pvt. Ltd. engages in the design, manufacture and distribution of fuel-efficient, smoke-reducing, affordable home energy appliances for rural consumers in India. It offers smart cook stoves and jumbo stoves. The company sells its products through retail shops including Paytm.
OxyGarden, Gurugram-based cleantech startup, launched its first commercial product – Forest. It is an IoT-enabled garden that purifies and humidifies indoor air naturally. It removes viruses, bacteria, dust particles and harmful chemical pollutants like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene, etc. in an enclosed space. It also claims to produce 700 litres of oxygen per day, reduces carbon emissions and maintains an optimum level (40 percent to 60 percent RH) of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
DrinkPrime, a Bengaluru-based cleantech startup, created smart water purifiers, leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) technology to track a household's water input and consumption in real time. The startup retrofits seven- stage filtration process, that give its customers access to clean drinking water on tap with sensors that are synced with a user's smartphone over Bluetooth. Meanwhile, the DrinkPrime app sends the consumption and other data from the phone to the cloud to track the usage and water input.
In the coming years, many of clean tech startup will be encouraged to provide solutions in areas such as fuel-from-plastic, waste-to-energy, ocean and water bodies clean up etc. as reducing carbon footprint while catering to the ever-growing energy demand would not be an easy task for India