Zero Carbon Challenge 2018 comes to an end

By NT Bureau Published on Feb 10, 2018 02:17 PM IST

Chennai: With India gaining a fine foothold on renewable energy and Tamilnadu having a fairshare of contribution in its generation, focus now must be on integrating them into the main grid system, said State Energy Department Principal Secretary Vikram Kapur.

He was speaking at the grand final and award presentation ceremony of Zero Carbon Challenge 2018 at IIT Madras here on Friday.

Zero Carbon Challenge is a competition organised by IIT Madras in association with Industrial Waste Management Association (IWMA), US Consulate in Chennai and Polaris, a Virtusa Company and it aims to encourage technological innovations among college students and early startups.

Kapur said to integrate the renewable energy into the main grid system, we can learn from the achievements of advanced nations like USA. They have managed to integrate well, he said.

The senior bureaucrat hinted at running the desalination plants in Chennai with renewable energy. "It costs lot of power to run desalination plants that supply water to this big city and we must explore the prospects of running these plants with renewable energy sources like wind energy. This can bring down the cost of churning out water," he said.

The projects that won the Innovation Excellence Awards with Funding for Incubation Support were Innovative Building and Cooling Systems, a student team from IIT Madras, Enviro, a student team from IIT Madras and Blue Wave, a startup from Bengaluru.

The winners of Innovation Excellence Awards without funding support were Turbo T, a student team from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bengaluru and Ozone, a student team from Kongu Engineering College, Erode.

IIT Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi welcomed the gathering. US Consul General (Chennai) Robert G Burgess was among others present.