Two Indian brothers who aim to help solve India’s energy crisis, claimed to have developed a new solution that will finally bring electricity to the many parts of the country that still remain in the dark. The best part? It costs just as much as a current model iPhone.
Siblings Arun and Anoop George, through their startup Avant Garde Innovationsns, developed a low-cost wind turbine that is said to be able to generate sufficient electricity that can power a modern home for an entire lifetime at a cost of just $750. The device can reportedly generate as much as 3-5 kWh per day — more than enough to power a household in under-developed regions.
“Our goal is to eliminate energy poverty, reduce dependence on struggling state power grids and create energy self sufficiency for all the needy ones through distributed, localised and affordable renewable energy. In doing so, we believe we can collectively usher in our world a cleaner environment, new economic prosperity and social change,” a statement on the company’s website explained.
“Our first offering is a highly affordable small wind turbine suitable for residential, commercial, agricultural, village electrification and other uses, which is aimed for a market launch during 2016,” it further states.
The company Avant Garde, which was incorporated last year, maintains that it operates with a ‘green’ heart and soul.
Currently, India is the world’s sixth largest energy consumer, which usage amounting to around 3.4% of global energy use. Such massive demand has rendered India’s federal governments, and even the central government, unable to afford the cost needed to build traditional infrastructure. New electric grids, posts and lines would reportedly cost millions of dollars. Avant Garde wishes to change that.
“When small wind turbine generating 1kW energy costs INR 3-7 lakh (US$4,000-10,000), our company plans to sell it at less than NR 50,000 (about US$750). Costs will decrease further through mass production,” Arun was quoted as saying in an interview with The Times of India.
The company’s maiden project was launched earlier this year at a church in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. The technology is reportedly highly salable for power capacities of 300 kW and higher.
“Our passionate aim is to introduce innovative, affordable and sustainable solutions that take renewable energy self sufficiency and energy empowerment to the next level through a distributed and decentralised approach using pioneering strategies the world has not witnessed yet,” the company proudly stated.
The device has been named among the Top 20 Cleantech Innovations in India, while the company itself has made it to the list of 10 clean energy companies from India for the “UN Sustainable Energy For All” initiative.