Winners of the 1st edition of EDF Pulse India competition announced

EDF today announced the four winners of the first EDF Pulse India competition at an international award ceremony held in New Delhi.

New Delhi, 10 November 2020

The EDF Pulse programme aims at boosting young and innovative start-ups committed to providing low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions to support India’s energy transition.

Launched in April 2020, the EDF Pulse India programme attracted 80 applications from startups across three categories designed to meet India’s energy market challenges: sustainable smart living, resilient smart infrastructure, and e-mobility infrastructure.

As part of a multi-stage selection process, 9 finalists were shortlisted to present their solutions to the Grand Jury on the 10th of November. 13 jury members, including experts from EDF Group in France, India and Singapore, as well as prominent leaders of the Indian energy industry, chose the most innovative and progressive projects, based on the viability of their solutions in addressing societal challenges and the applicability of their business models. The top three prizes were awarded to the following:

1st prize: Nunam

Based in Bangalore, the startup has developed a storage system that runs on second life lithium-ion batteries. Nunam buys discarded laptop batteries from scrap dealers in the Indian state of Karnataka and uses their battery cells for stationary energy storage systems that can supply electricity to customers with small amounts of power needs such as smartphones, fans or lamps, and can serve as a power source for people in rural areas of India. Based on the assumption that old laptop batteries have an average remaining capacity of approximately two thirds, Nunam takes care of the entire cycle of our used battery system. The startup is also working on a model to better predict the wear and tear of used batteries.

2nd prize: Charge+ Zone

The start-up provides hassle free and reliable charging services for all types of Electric Vehicles (EVs), including charging station management system, app to locate charging stations and solar integrated electric vehicle charging stations. Its ambition is to create an Electric Vehicle Charging Network for more than one million charging points by 2030. Charge+Zone app works on a simple and intuitive process that enhances EV user experience of finding the nearest charging station, availability status, advance reservation through slot booking, digital payment charging and battery swapping systems, to name a few.

3rd prize: Solavio Labs

Solavio Labs’ prizewinning solution is a fully autonomous innovative solar cleaning robot with a modular design, using dry cleaning to address water shortage issues The robot removes surface impurities deposited on solar panels that reduce the intensity of the solar radiation reaching photovoltaic cells and thus lower the panels’ efficiency. Solavio Labs continues to develop and grow as a result of creating new designs, patenting innovative solutions and engineering new products.

Special prize: Temperate Technologies

EDF also announced a special price for Temperate Technologies for addressing the issue of lack of proper cooler storage facilities across India, which leads to an annual loss of $2Bn in fruits and vegetables. The startup is developing a new proprietary energy-efficient, mobile and solar-powered storage solution at temperate temperature for off-grid pack houses. These mobile cold rooms allow for significant reduction in farmers’ overall energy consumption while also enabling them to increase their revenues.

The four winners were awarded a comprehensive business development support package including:

  • Cash prizes of US$ 20,000 for the 1st, and US$ 5,000 each for the 2nd, 3rd and Special prizewinners respectively.
  • Access to EDF network and expertise to develop further business opportunities as well as to EDF’s innovation labs and EDF’s research and development network. The winners will have opportunities to validate products and test them in live environment, along with customer feedback and consumer insights to enable start-ups to move from the development phase to commercial roll-out.
  • Visibility on EDF’s digital platforms to increase their brand awareness.

EDF Pulse India Initiative

EDF counts India as a highly strategic country for its international development. The EDF Pulse India contest reflects the company’s commitment to working with Indian entrepreneurs and promoting locally designed low-carbon solutions for a sustainable environment. Through EDF Pulse India, EDF scouts for and screens innovative startups using cutting-edge technology, new business models, disrupting services and solutions to match EDF’s development ambition and detect potential new business partners for the EDF group.

Since its launch in 2014, the EDF Pulse Programme has been already been implemented in France, the United Kingdom, Africa and Brazil.

Harmanjit Nagi, EDF India Director, said: “The success of the first Indian edition of the EDF Pulse Contest is an illustration of EDF’s commitment to growing the entrepreneurial potential in India and empowering young entrepreneurs. The incredible submissions this year demonstrate the passion and commitment of the youth to resolve the country’s energy challenges. For the winners and the participants, this is only the beginning of their business journey which we are happy to support. We are proud to encourage innovative and sustainable solutions supporting India’s transition to a low-carbon future while at the same time matching the momentum of our business portfolio in the country”.

Jean-Philippe Buisson, Senior Vice President of EDF in charge of Asia, said: “At EDF, we believe that the future of energy is electricity. We also believe that innovation is paramount to develop low-carbon energy solutions to support energy transition and sustainable electricity consumption. Our four winners have showcased a very promising business case, supported by enthusiastic teams, to meet with the Indian market needs and challenges. They are very much aligned with the EDF raison d’être to build a net zero energy future with electricity and innovative solutions and services, to help save the planet and drive wellbeing and economic development.”

H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, said: “The first EDF Pulse India Awards are a commendable initiative at the crossroads of two priority areas of Indo-French cooperation: sustainable development and technological innovation. I warmly congratulate the four winners who made it to the top - out of 80 startup candidates, and EDF for proving that innovative and sustainable initiatives can and must continue despite the difficult times that we are going through. I look forward to seeing the implementation of all the Indo-French collaborations initiated today. They will contribute to building a more sustainable and inclusive future together.”

Last modified on 13/11/2020

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