The startup village at Kalamasserry is all set to become a hatchery for ideas which will create alternative methods to generate power. The state government has allotted `24.15 lakh for three projects at the Energy Open Innovation Zone (EOIZ) at the village.
The selected projects are, Light Shaft (Rs 11.15 lakh), Artificial Vortex (Rs 12 lakh) and Anwynrator (Rs 1 lakh). The Energy Innovation Zone at Startup Village, which was inaugurated in July last year, aims at initiating research activities to form viable solution for the energy shortage in Kerala and to promote innovations in the power sector. Light Shaft is an innovative idea to reduce power consumption, especially during daytime. The project is by S Visakh of PIBEAM Labs. It will distribute light from a single source using mirrors and crystals to illuminate the entire building. The amount allotted for the project will be utilised for purchasing materials, software, testing and experiment purposes.
Generating power from artificially-created vortex is the project that comes under Artificial Vortex project. Aravind Venukumar, a MTech student of NIT Kozhikode is the creater of this idea. His company ‘Point 5 Innovations’ is a start up firm at Startup village. It is an innovative idea of in-river hydroelectric power generation schemes. Anwynrator is a project to generate electricity using wind and operates by a flutter vibration caused on tightly stretched elastic membrane/flutter due to wind or vibrations. Power is generated by using vibrating magnetic plates to induce potential difference rather than a typical windmill setup. Varghesekutty Joseph of Techcraft Innovations is the creator of the idea.
“We are looking at these projects with great hope. If these projects become viable business models, the board is very happy to replicate the same in the entire state. Right from the starting this innovation zone we have been witnessing good participation from the people with great ideas. It is high time that innovative ideas should be inculcated into the energy sector in the state,” KSEB sources said. Aravind Venukumar, founder, Point5 Innovations said that without support from the government, these projects could not move forward.