The Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition™ (AGSTVC), Asia's first and most prestigious cleantech venture competition was held from 22 - 25 September, 2011, at the Indian Institute of Technology IIT Madras, Chennai. AGSTVC, the brainchild of Oopali Operajita (CEO, Cicero- a trans national advisory), is held annually since 2008 in honor of former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore for Planet Earth and future generations. This competition is conducted with the authorization of the office of H. E. The Honorable Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States.
The student-led business plan competition provided an opportunity to the MBA, Science & Technology undergraduate and graduate students to create new, sustainable and clean technologies and bring them to market through innovation and entrepreneurship, to enhance sustainability on the planet.
Seven teams were selected for the finals after a rigorous selection procedure of applicants from all across Asia. These shortlisted teams were provided with intensive mentoring by eminent people in the clean technology field, giving the teams an exposure to the development of various sustainable technology ventures from around the world, and preparing them to combat climate change and fortify energy security in a better way.
Eight eminent Managing Directors and CEOs, well known cleantech experts, judged the outstanding competition, which undoubtedly was outstanding, and conformed to the highest international academic benchmarks. The team ‘Green Nation Technologies’ from the University Of Dhaka, Bangladesh, took first prize of Rs 1,00,000 for Green Tin, a sustainable tin made of jute and resin, which has already been used in housing projects to provide basic shelter. Tata Institute Social Sciences (TISS) took the second prize of Rs 50,000, for ‘Sampurn(e)arth’, a decentralized, self-sustained system for waste handling.
Two teams from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University; ‘SaraEnergy’ and ‘BHU-Met’, utilizing the potential of solar energy and geothermal energy respectively, tied for the third prize. Team SaRaEnergy consisted of students Abhilasha Purwar (5th year Industrial Chemistry), Swapnika Nag (4th year Engineering Physics), Aviral Srivastava (4th year Mechanical) and Samridhi Khurana (3rd year Mathematics and Computing). Team BHU-Met consisted of 3rd year Metallurgy Engineering students Nitish Mohan Saxena, Nikhil Jain and Harshit Jain.
Other finalists were from IIM Shillong, IIM Calcutta, IIT Delhi and IIT Madras. The students got a unique opportunity to interact with venture capitalists, experts and like-minded people. The judges thoroughly analysed the feasibilities of the business plans of the students and the interaction will indeed go a long way in fueling the entrepreneurial dreams of the students.
Mrs. Indira Jaising, a leftist Indian lawyer and Mr K. V. Sajay, Head of Sales and Marketing at Gamesa, India, a wind power generation company, were themselves present at the awards ceremony to congratulate the winning teams.
*Nitish Mohan Saxena (B. Tech 3rd year Metallurgy) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Samridhi Khurana (IMD 3rd year Mathematics and Computing) email: email@example.com
About SaRaEnergy team solar energy plan
In order to reduce fossil fuel consumption and avoid catastrophic global climatic changes, countries around the world are looking to tap into renewable sources of energy such as solar energy. Despite significant development over the past decades, high cost of solar cells has remained as a bottleneck for the implementation of the solar electricity in a large scale. A very promising alternative to classical, inorganic pn-junction solar cells is the concept of nanoporous, DSSC ( dye-sensitized solar cells), introduced by O’Regan and Grätzel in 1991. Grätzel cells exhibit impressive white light energy efficiencies of up to 10% while they are based on cheap starting materials and simple printing techniques. We at SaRa Energy propose to commercialize DSSC technology in India with a manufacturing base in National Capital Region and begin roll out with sales of Solar Kits, integration of DSSCs in mobile/laptops/sensors and finally install solar power plants in rural areas (more than 10 kms away from the grid). After this initial setup, we will extend into RTPV (Roof top), BIPV (Building Integrated) and AIPV (Automobile).
Abhilasha Purwar, R&D Head, Team Leader
Abhilasha Purwar, a final year student of Applied Chemistry, IT-BHU has carried out research projects viz – Effect of co-adsorbents in the dye solution of the performance of DSSCs, Wet Chemical Techniques to fabricate cheap DSSCs, Study of photochemical degradation of dyes by semiconductor oxide, Study of concentrated polymer surfactant system and Critical Analysis of Oil Market. She has done a 2 month internship with Dublin based DSSC manufacturing company – SolarPrint. She also had the opportunity to work with NLC NALCO, a major chemical and water-treatment company. Her research and work experience in solar power and energy sector provided technical stronghold to the organization. As the technical expert, she was dealing with the cell designing, and the related R&D.
Swapnika Nag, pursuing her majors in semiconductor physics, was working on designing of the solar panel. Other team members Aviral Srivastava, a final year student of Mechanical Energy, IT-BHU and Samridhi Khurana, 3rd Year, Applied Mathematics, IT-BHU were responsible for up-scaling, finances, and marketing.
We divide the business into three phases, beginning from creating awareness about the technology by selling the solar-kits to the schools and dealers, to the final aim of Rural Electrification.
Advantages/ Benefits of the Product:
SaRa Cells are 25% cheaper than normal DSSCs, which are 75% cheaper than silicon/thin film PV, and therefore will prove to be economical for the society. Also, DSSCs do not suffer from acute angular dependence on sunlight and hence produce nearly 25% more power over a year. DSSCs can be engineered into light flexible sheets, are mechanically robust and unlike the silicon PV cells, DSSCs devices are negligibly influenced by increase of operating temperature from ambient to 60C.
SaRa Energy is not merely a capitalist venture. In the coming years, we look to address the issues of sustainability and rural uplift in an environment-friendly manner.
About BHU-met geothermal energy plan
The plan BHU-met aims to quench energy demands of Indian society by implementing sustainable source of heating & cooling their shelters & workplaces using geothermal energy with high efficiency and noteworthy step-down in their energy bills. We aim to equip all kinds of buildings (old & new) with Geothermal Heating and Cooling System, followed by regular maintenance.
The technology involved in the system is described as under:
Earth beneath the surface is at a relatively constant temperature throughout the year: warmer than air above it during the winter & cooler in the summer very much like a cave.
GSHP (Geothermal Source Heat Pumps) technology takes advantage of this by transferring the heat stored in the earth or in ground water into a building during the winter & transferring it out of the building and back into the ground during the summer.
Winter Operation Summer Operation
It is observed that there is an unending market available for this budding technology to flourish in India as there is an endless construction business of edifices in private & Govt. Sector. The market size will be further boosted by expected oil price escalation.
The sustainability impacts of GSHP systems are notified as under:
Low Energy Use: GSHPs use 25-50% less electricity than conventional heating/cooling systems.
Savings of around 42% in comparison to electrical consumption for heating, cooling, and water heating
Eminent reduction in CO2 emission & thus low environmental impact.
Long life expectancy (22-25 yrs)
Low maintenance costs
Zero On-site emission
We selected this plan for the competition because of 2 reasons:
- Firstly, geothermal energy, although being a potential sustainable energy resource has not been exploited to its full extent in our country. However, it is successful in other countries like Sweden, USA, etc.
- Secondly, case studies regarding sustainability impacts of successful GSHP systems attracted us to work in this field in introduce in a country like India, where no work is being done in this sector.
The team of BHU-Met comprises of three members:
- Nitish Mohan Saxena – 3rd year, Metallurgical Engineering, IT-BHU.
- Nikhil Jain – 3rd year, Metallurgical Engineering, IT-BHU.
- Harshit Jain – 3rd year, Civil Engineering, IT-BHU.
Nitish Mohan Saxena
*The Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition™
Green campus: IIT-Madras students show the way!
Chennai | Posted on Sep 26, 2011 at 08:26am IST
CHENNAI: A students network called S-Net has been initiated at the IIT-Madras and assigned the task of maintaining a sustainable campus. This� information was disclosed by Professor Sudhir Chellarajan of IIT-Madras during the valedictory function of the Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition. The network, comprising students and teachers, will come up with initiatives and sustainable ideas to maintain the green cover in the campus. Speaking at the function, industry experts stressed on the need for sustainable development and the need to monitor one's carbon footprint.
"It is essential for every individual to keep a track of his/her carbon footprint and strive to reduce it," Chellarajan said. "We cannot afford to wait for governments and institutions to come up with policies." "For instance, a trip from Chennai to Delhi by air will leave a carbon footprint of one tonne per person," said KV Sajay, Head of Sales and Marketing at Gamesa India, a wind power generation company.
The Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition is being held every year from 2008 in honour of Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, for Planet Earth & Future Generations. The competition is for MBA, Science & Technology undergraduate (final year) and� graduate students who create new, sustainable and clean technologies and bring them to the market through innovation and� entrepreneurship.
Sajay said that his company, with an installed wind power capacity of 21,000 MW, was offsetting 31 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually. "Our Indian team has researched and discovered that for every turbine that is manufactured, 130 saplings need to be planted to make the manufacturing carbon neutral. We have been planting so many trees across the world in a bid to neutralise it," he said.
"The competition aims to bring new and sustainable technologies to market through innovation and entrepreneurship to combat climate change and enhance energy security. It will also make the planet sustainable for future generations," said Prof Oopali Operajita, Chair and Founder of The Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition.
The team from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, comprising Muhammad Saimum Hossain, Badhan Mazumder, Hasanul Qader Mirza and Mahadi Hasan Sagor, won the first place. "Our business is about producing an eco-friendly cost-effective housing material named GreenTin which has the capability to solve the acute homelessness problem all over the world, specially for people in the bottom of the economic pyramid as it would bring down the cost of building a house to a mere 200 USD. This GreenTin is produced from Jute and Polymer and the technology which has a high degree of sustainability impact on mother earth is patent protected," said the winners.
Sampurn(e)arth, a team from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, came second. Jayanth said, "Our mission is to provide context-based solid waste management solutions which are environmental friendly. We propose to provide a holistic solution to handle both biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste through a decentralised approach involving different stakeholders in the process."
Out of a total 60 applicants, seven teams were short listed for the finals. Two teams from IT BHU shared the third place. Teams from IIT Madras and IIM Shillong were the other finalists.
*The Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition 2011, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, September 22 - 25, 2011
September 08, 2011
The Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition™ is held annually since 2008 in honour of Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, for Planet Earth & Future Generations. Asia's first and most prestigious sustainable/cleantech venture competition is being held 22 - 25 September, 2011 at India's flagship institute: IIT Madras, Chennai, India. The competition is conducted with the authorization of the office of H. E. The Honorable Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States. Read Carnegie Mellon University's story on Oopali Operajita and the history and origin of the competition, which she founded in February 2007, here: http://tinyurl.com/4462kno. View the competition galleries for 2010: http://tinyurl.com/35dh48d; and 2009 :http://tinyurl.com/2br2k2z
The competition is for MBAs, Science & Technology undergraduate (final year) and graduate students who create new, sustainable and clean technologies and bring them to market through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Collaborators this year are the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEI), at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, The Indus Entrepreneurs, (TiE) the world’s largest network of entrepreneurs, the CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India's largest industry body; and The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability at IIT Madras.
Participants of Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition (2nd row: Centre to Right- Aviral, Harshit, Nitish, Abhilasha, Swapnika, Samridhi) along with the judges (1st row)
Participants of Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition (3rd row standing: Centre to Right- Aviral, Harshit, Nitish, Abhilasha, Swapnika, Samridhi) along with the judges (2nd row) and event volunteers.
(Above & Below: Team SaRa energy presenting the business plan to the judges.)
(Chronicle note-This is the final announcement. Previous announcement was made in Chronicle July/Sept. issue).
The Publication Award for students and faculty was started two years ago. It is given by IT-BHU Global Alumni Association.
Following is the modified announcement for 2012 Publication Awards. Since we have not received enough applications from students (B. Tech/M. Tech/PhD), we are modifying the rule, that now the student need not be at our college during 2011-12 academic session.
Deadline for applying in the prescribed form is extended till 30 November 2011.
For IT-BHU Global Alumni Association
2012 Publication Awards-announcement
We are now pleased to announce the 2012 Publication Awards for all students / faculty of the institute. The award will be given to the selected students/faculty who have published their articles in national/international technical/scientific journals or at seminar/conference between May 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011.
This is a modified announcement. Please ignore the earlier announcements. Any student (B. Tech/M. Tech/PhD) who is has published the publication during that time period, is eligible to apply, irrespective of whether currently he/she is a student or not of our college.
Deadline for applying in the prescribed form is extended till 30 November 2011.
Students/faculty intending to apply for this scholarship should send the following information in the attached standard application form to the below mentioned email addresses latest by 30 November 2011. Please fill out the application form, which is attached here. You can send more than one application form before the deadline and all the forms will be collected and considered.2012 publication scholarship_ application form.xlsx
2012 Publication Awards for students/faculty – Timeline, prizes, etc.
The following is the publication awards planned for the year 2012. The number of Awards and Awards amount may be increased depending upon the funding received and the participation by students/faculty.
The selection will be based on quantity as well as quality of publications. The criteria will be: number of papers published, number of papers in international journals (Elsevier, Nature, Springer, etc.) and at conferences, number of co-authors in each publications, diversity of publications (publishing in a variety of journals). Other quality marks will be whether the paper was theoretical or research based, presented at conference by the author, etc.
For the 2012 Publication awards, following rules shall apply.
a) All publications by students/faculty in national/international journals or in seminar/conference are eligible.
b) The articles must be published between May 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011.
For submitting application form- October 31, 2011.
For announcing winners of the awards- January, 2012
For distributing prize money to winners – March/April 2012 (IT-Day function on campus)
There will be 3 categories of prizes, and each will have equal number and amount of prizes.
* Undergraduate/post-graduate students category- for B. Tech/ M. Tech students and students studying in integrated dual degree (IDD) M. Tech or Integrated M. Tech course.
* Doctorate/post-doctorate students category- for PhD/post-doctorate students/research scholars
*Faculty category- open for any faculty member engaged in teaching/research
Each category will have total 6 prizes. The top 3 students/faculty will be awarded a sum of Rs. 5,000 in each category. The next 3 in each category shall be awarded Rs. 3,000 each.
Top 3 prizes- Rs. 5,000 each
Second 3 prizes- Rs. 3,000 each
Total prize amount per category = Rs. 24,000
Total prize amount for all the 3 categories = Rs. 72,000
For the 2011 Chicago Global Alumni meet, our alumni association invited entries from our students for poster competition. The theme for the poster was the first-ever global alumni meet at Chicago. The entries were reviewed and top two entries were displayed at the Chicago meet on 17 September, 2011.
The two winning entries were from Arif Kazi (Ceramic IV year) and Ahirnish Pareek (CSE III year). The prize of $500 was divided equally among both the winners. Congratulations to Arif and Ahirnish!
Arif Kazi (Ceramic IV year)
Theme behind the poster:
"The sketch cartoon theme I selected provides me with more freedom of expression, as it allows more distortion of an image than the actual photographs in order to convey a message.
The right part of the picture represents our vibrant culture under the umbrella of which our students earn their credentials. It depicts the holy city of Varanasi which includes our BHU campus along with many religious places.
The left part signifies the riches of the western world represented by the Chicago skyline.
The road between the Eastern and the Western worlds, which are oceans apart, signifies the path bridged by our glorious Alumni.
The silhouette of the revered Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya ji is of special significance without the initiative and blessings of whom the achieved wouldn’t have been achieved."
Ahirnish Pareek (CSE III year)
Theme behind the poster:
“The theme that I tried to depict in my poster is the 'look back in time'. I just wanted to make all of the alumni feel nostalgic and remember the time of their life they had in this great institution. On one side, I showed the Ganga Ghats which are the essence and spirit of Banaras and in the hindsight, there is Vishwanath Temple (also known as Birla Temple) which is a mainstay of the university.
On the other side, there is Chicago's Bean and Lake Michigan which represents the present time. So, in all, this poster shows a time drift, yet a connection that still binds the alumni to their alma-mater, i.e. IT-BHU. The selection of temple in width and high rise building thin and height has purposely been taken showing the strength if old tradition and culture and rise of new technology and science in modern age. The temple is inviting high rising building to cuddle. Spiritualism invites Science and Technology to walk together. Isn't it? Fusion of Ganga and Lake Michigan symbolizes the complete involvement with no differences and ego.
It signifies that people progress in their lives and explore a whole new world but still they can’t snap off what they learned during their yesteryears and I guess, that was also one of the main motives of this Global Mega Meet also.”
Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi 221005, UP