Ahmedabad: State and central governments in India have proposed hundreds of crores of budget outlay to set up desalination plants for addressing acute water scarcity woes. To make not just usable but potable water available to millions of Indians, Surat-based startup, Solnce Green Energy, has developed a device for solar-thermal desalination that helps convert seawater into drinkable water.
The technology has not just received certification from the National Accreditation Board for testing and calibration Laboratories (NABL) but has also won accolades at national and global levels. A winner of UNDP’s Innovations for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in 2020 and a finalist in Niti Aayog’s Youth Collab, the startup is implementing its pilot project in Olpad region of Surat. Solnce Green Energy was also a second runner-up in a startup competition organized this year by Innopreneurs, which is a platform for startups.
“We have set up the device through which we are able to generate 1,500 litre potable water every day over seven hours of operations. At present, we’re supplying the water in village only for regular use and not for potable purposes, as we’re still working on achieving optimum quality,” said Yash Tarwadi, founder, Solnce Green Energy LLP, who began working on the project since he graduated as a chemical engineer in 2018.
The water generated from the device is pure mineralised water and can be used for drinking as well as for distilled water manufacturing, pharmaceutical and other industries.
A postgraduate diploma holder from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, Tarwadi has also received grants worth at least Rs 10 lakh from the state government to execute the project.
“The technology is yet to be formally commissioned anywhere. We are in the process of optimizing our output. We have also applied for a patent for our desalination technology and are expecting approvals soon. Meanwhile, we are also in talks with the state government agencies for installing and commissioning the project in two districts of Gujarat to address the water scarcity problem,” Tarwadi further added.
Going forward, the startup plans to scale up to be able to generate more water in less time and help effectively address the water scarcity issue. “Initial-level talks are on with investors from Mumbai and Pune to further help scale up the project. We’re looking to raise Rs 1 crore to be able to launch and expand,” he further explained.