Award Highlights

Improved & energy efficient building cooling solution and a solar microgrid with USB stick based energy recharge were among the winning solutions by two small and medium enterprise (SME) innovators of India that were awarded the Climate Solver title today at New Delhi. This brings up the number of Indian Climate Solvers to a 15 from among 80 honoured entrepreneurs from around the world.

The two entrepreneurs – Oorja Energy Engineering Pvt Ltd and Boond Engineering Services Pvt Ltd – have been conferred with WWF-India’s Climate Solver award under the GHG reduction and Energy Access category, respectively. Climate Solver is a global innovation platform that encourages innovations in technology and business models that contribute towards mitigating climate change and enhancing energy access through their economic growth.

WWF-India has been partnering with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), New Ventures India, Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (IIM Ahmedabad), Skyquest Technology Consulting Pvt. Ltd., National Innovation Foundation and Technology Development Board (Department of Science and Technology, Government of India) for the Climate Solver initiative.

Oorja Energy Engineering Services

The winning innovation by Oorja is its radiant cooling solution that provides for an energy efficient way to meet the otherwise extremely energy intensive cooling demands of the building sector. In addition to lowering energy consumption by about 30 per cent, the system helps reduce noise levels, improve indoor air quality and lower radiating heat from various objects that makes the occupants feel comfortable even at higher room temperatures. It is also estimated that this solution, if replicated at scale, can mitigate 30 million tonnes of GHG emissions by 2025.

Boond Engineering Services

Boond emerged as the winner in the energy access category for its microgrid solution for underserved communities in remote villages. It is estimated to reach out to 23 million people by 2025, if replicated at a large scale in the developing world. Boond’s business model enables ease-of-payment through its USB stick based recharge facility allowing households to pay for the energy as per their needs. This innovative solution provides better lighting facility leading to reduced usage of kerosene, better communication through phone charging points and extended light-hours that enhance education and local business.