ElectronVibe 2020

Problem Statement

Electricity Distribution companies are facing a lot of competition from distributed renewable energy generation sources, like solar and wind. Large commercial & industrial (C&I) clients are increasingly opting to switch to such sources via on-site/captive plants, or supply from off-site plants (via Open Access). If these C&I customers make this switch, Discoms stand to lose a big chunk of their revenue.

What we looked for:
Development of alternative business model(s) for Indian distribution companies with an aim to create additional revenue streams as well as reduce power procurement costs to compensate for the loss in cross-subsidy from commercial and industrial consumers.

The program involved:
Training and Mentoring Sessions – 8 weeks
Business Case Developent – 4 weeks

ElectronVibe 2020 Winners

Solutions Track

Overall Winner

Zero electrical fatalities enabled through monetary savings.

Overall Winner

Retrofit Smart energy meter (Electricity) : 6LoWPAN protocol based wireless communication module as low cost alternative for GPRS based Smart Energy meter

Special Mention – Future-Ready

Plug&Play Microgids enabled with UltraFast EV chargers, deployed at Petrol pumps and at other public utility places (like Bus stops, Tourist businesses, and Malls.

Special Mention – Digital-Energy

Fabrik is a smart assistant for field-technicians to reduce downtime and maintenance cost of field assets using digital twins.

BlueSky Thinking Track

Overall Winner

PotHoleRaja a social venture started in 2016 fixing potholes using plastic waste, crumb rubber and cold asphalt.

Overall Winner

AI powered toughened glass with artificial intelligence enabled embedded photovoltaic technology.

ElectronVibe 2020 Cohort

Solutions Track

Involves startups and individuals with power sector experience

Drmz System Innovations Private Limited – Retrofit Smart energy meter (Electricity) : 6LoWPAN protocol based wireless communication module as low cost alternative for GPRS based Smart Energy meter

MOJO GREEN – Mobile, on-demand electric vehicle fast charging for fleets

Electric Fish – Plug&Play Microgids enabled with UltraFast EV chargers, deployed at Petrol pumps and at other public utility places (like Bus stops, Tourist businesses, and Malls.

ILAB-E Renewables Pvt Ltd – ADAPTIVE RESILIENT INTELLIGENT SMART CLUSTERING SYSTEM (ARISCS) based on 100% RENEWABLES with real time pricing options and tariffs for the stakeholders including customers, end-users, utilities, discoms.

POWEReasy – Zero electrical fatalities enabled through monetary savings

TwinGrid Labs – Integrating data that exist in Silos to build Digital Twin for Power Distribution Sector

Drishya AI Labs – Enabling Utilities Generate Revenues from AI Enabled Smart Microgrids.

OrxaGrid – OrxaGrid makes data-science backed analytics and IoT sensors for smarter electricity grids

Intech Harness Pvt Ltd – Patented, IoT Enabled, Farmer Obedient Pump Controller for Precision Farm Irrigation

Volar Alta – Volar Alta conducts drone-based inspections of power transmission lines and towers to identify defects and provide other actionable insights in a rapid, economical manner.

Fabrik – Fabrik is a smart assistant for field-technicians to reduce downtime and maintenance cost of field assets using digital twins

BlueSky Thinking Track

A free-thinking track with individuals and professionals.

Weather Plant – To forecast the high temporal resolution weather data as per grid operation time on day ahead basis.

Harjit Singh – Energy Efficiency solutions for sustainable business in process and utilities.

Shivam Chaudhary – Implementation of Solar PV with Energy Storage at consumer level to maximize grid stability and minimize peak hour tariff rates.

Anirudh Kshemendranath – We aim to usher in a future where electric utilities become platforms for driving innovation and helping us meet our clean energy targets. We build robust modelling tools and decision frameworks to help utilities realize that future.

PotHoleRaja – PotHoleRaja a social venture started in 2016 fixing potholes using plastic waste, crumb rubber and cold asphalt.

Temperate Technologies – Temperate Technologies helps discoms build a new revenue stream by enabling them to provide cold water to commercial buildings for air conditioning.

Power Engineering -To utilise financial instruments for Energy Efficiency effectively, thereby triggering cost savings and creating new/improving existing revenue streams for Discoms/State Designated Agencies

SunEmison – AI powered toughened glass with artificial intelligence enabled embedded photovoltaic technology.

FLUOCAR – FLUOCAR – new nanomaterials for energy storage

Jury & Mentors

Final Jury (for Winners Selection)

Abhishek Nath – Sector Head-Energy & Power, Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy

Abhishek Ranjan – AVP System Operation and Head-Renewables & DSM Projects, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited

Ankur Kawale – Superintending Engineer-Distribution, MSEDCL

Chhaya R Bhonslay – Chief of Technical Services (T&D), Tata Power-DDL

Jitendra Nalwaya – Vice President, BSES Delhi

Mithun John – Joint CEO, Maharashtra State Innovation Society

Nilesh Kane – Additional General Manager, Tata Power-DDL

 

From the ElectronVibe team :

Dr. Mahesh Patankar, Senior Advisor & Interim India Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project

Pratap Raju – Country Director-India, New Energy Nexus, and Founding Partner, Climate Collective

Nalin Agarwal – Program Director-India, New Energy Nexus

Mentors

Abhishek Ranjan – AVP (System Operation) & Head-Renewables & DSM, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited

Nilesh Kane – Additional General Manager, Tata Power – DDL

Jitendra Nalwaya – Vice President, BSES Delhi

Sandhya Sundararagavan– Energy Transitions Lead, WRI

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar – President, IESA

Dr. Garrett Fitzgerald – India Power Sector Lead, Rocky Mountain Institute

Jagabanta Ningthoujam – Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute

Abhishek Nath – Sector Head- Energy & Power,CSTEP

Dr. Mahesh Patankar – Senior Advisor & Interim India Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project

Pratap Raju – Country Director-India, New Energy Nexus, and Founding Partner, Climate Collective

Floating Mentors

Arijit Maitra – Principal, PA Legal
Rishu Garg – Research Scientist, CSTEP
Nalin Agarwal – Program Director-India, New Energy Nexus

Initial Jury (for Participants Selection)

Dr. Pramod Deo – Ex-Chairman, MERC and CERC

Abhishek Ranjan – AVP (System Operation) & Head-Renewables & DSM, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited

Rich Sedano – CEO and President, Regulatory Assistance Project

David Moskovitz – Founder, Regulatory Assistance Project

Tim Buckley – Director Energy Finance Studies Australia/ South Asia, IEEFA

Vibhuti Garg – Energy Finance Analyst, IEEFA

Dr Rahul Walawalkar – President, IESA

Pratap Raju – Founding Partner, Climate Collective Foundation

Dr. Garrett Fitzgerald – India Power Sector Lead, Rocky Mountain Institute

Dr O P Agarwal – Chief Executive Officer, WRI India

Deepak Sriram Krishnan – Associate Director, Energy, WRI India

2020 Timeline

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