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Takachar: Offering a lucrative solution to crop burning
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The Delhi-based startup converts waste biomass into fuels, fertilisers and speciality chemicals at the farmgate resulting in surplus income for farmers Neither the torrid summers nor the harsh winters prepare the residents of Delhi for the deadly annual assault in autumn when the air turns into a toxic soup of...
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Urja: Sensors that act as fitbit for machines
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A complex algorithm tells the user about machine health and whether maintenance is urgently required If a machine could have a best friend, it would be the sensor that Delhi-based startup Occipital Labs Pvt. Ltd — better known as Urja — has developed. There are reasons for the founders, Saurabh...
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Pandemic steers healthcare in the right direction
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Focus shifts to integrating digital solutions into standard systems of care It is the worst of times and, perhaps, the best of times as the pandemic unleashed a wave of unprecedented disruptions. Lives and livelihoods were lost and people suffered in every conceivable way as economies around the world crumbled....
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Grassroots Energy’s modular BioCNG plants can solve energy poverty in rural India
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Its clean energy solution, BioCNG, will bring down energy costs for minigrids by replacing diesel and creating additional scope for power generation, while reducing dependence on solar batteries. BioCNG also serves as cooking fuel as an alternative to LPG, expanding the clean fuel options for end users. The growing demand...
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Techtonic — Treasure trove of clean energy solutions
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The third edition of Social Alpha’s clean energy challenge, titled Techtonic — Innovations in Clean Energy, recasts the spotlight on the need for nurturing solutions that can radically improve the quality of life of the underserved communities and fight climate change. Techtonic’s diverse offerings are aimed at fulfilling specific needs...
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REVY: Administering medicines to enhance the power of STPs and ETPs
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The Ganga is perhaps the best example of society’s attitude towards waste — where devotion is tainted by wilful blindness to a river’s plight. According to a report tabled in the Lok Sabha in 2017 by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, the very river, which...
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Bionic Yantra: Enabling paralytic patients to walk in a 100% fall-safe environment
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One of the biggest endorsements for Bionic Yantra came in February 2020, when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that its devices “revolutionized what happens in physical therapy for people with cerebral palsy or spinal cord injury”. There are reasons for such effusive praise. For one, the startup’s twin offerings —...
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Satyukt: Analysing satellite data to improve crop yield, conserve water
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Early October, Nabventures, the venture growth equity fund of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) and Social Alpha agreed to invest USD 500,000 (around Rs 3.7 crore) as seed funding in Satyukt Analytics. The satellite data analytics startup had earned the distinction of being “one of the few...
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Saaf Biogas: Clean energy on the go
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It’s a no-brainer that the reputation of Saaf Biogas is powered by clean energy. The little-over-a year-old startup, based in Bengaluru, has recently bagged a prestigious contract with a premier aerospace company to set up a biogas plant at their factory in North Karnataka. Saaf is going to transform their...
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Techtonic: In search of out-of-the-box solutions for waste management
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Our cities are drowning in waste; so are our rivers, lakes and oceans. And despite the health hazards it poses, trash is ubiquitous because of our consumptive lifestyle. Our attitude towards waste also finds reflection in the way waste pickers eke out a living in wretched conditions. With existing practices...
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