Suggestion to FM for Budget 2020

Perspectives of MSME, boatbuilding, innovation, renewable energy: 1. Remove discrimination against water transport. Currently FAME 2 support only for electric vehicles and not for electric boats. 2. Boatbuilders sell at 5%. Input is all 18% and 28%. Delay in refund of tax inversion to be avoided. Notification to get input tax at 5% is not…

KMRL is building boats or train?

Cochin Shipyard has come out with the tender for supply of FRP superstructure for the 100 pax electric hybrid boats to be supplied to KMRL (23 no.s). Download here. Some interesting observations: Seeing the above criteria, one can think if they are making a metro coach or a boat! Even rocket manufacturing will not need…

Talk at Swasraya Bharat 2019

Today, I had a chance to talk to students on how Solar power can be used to make transportation on water sustainable. I took the example of ADITYA, India’s first solar ferry as a successful demonstration of this mission.

Dare to Dream – Zee Business

I got a chance to give a talk in the Dare to Dream show in Zee Business. It was a great experience to be part of the show with Beena Kannan (Seematti), MSA Kumar as other speakers and many accomplished people from the industry as part of the audience.

Budget 2019 Views – From a Solar-electric Boat builder

Let me summarise my views from two aspects – as an entrepreneur and the other as a solar-electric boat builder. From an entrepreneur perspective, There is talk of streamlining multiple labour laws to set of four labour code. From the past record of this government in making statements in major policy and leading to real…

Budget 2019 – General

FM highlighted that patents trebled from 2014 to 2018. Let us see where we stand. We are seventh only because we have a huge population. If one add a parameter called patents per million people, we are no where. If you see all the top countries, they are those that are pursuing technical education in…

Giving feedback for Modi Manifesto 2019

The other day I had a chance to interact with Smt. Smriti Irani during her visit to Kochi as part of BJP’s outreach to get inputs for their 2019 election manifesto. I raised a pertinent point with regards to NITI Ayog, once again, missing out electric boats for support when giving the same for electric…

My talk at ASCEND 2019

My talk on entrepreneurship, startup, innovation.While I highlighted the great benefit of being in Kerala, I pointed out the issues which can be addressed that can improve the situation in Kerala.

Speaker at World Future Energy 2019, Abu Dhabi

I was part of the panel held by International Solar Alliance during the World Future Energy 2019 held at Abu Dhabi. It was an interesting session where I could talk about our experience of solar ferry, the differences with electric vehicles and technologies, and some of the challenges when we plan for more applications in…

Looking forward to TiECon 2018

Last year, we were the winners of “Startup of the Year” at TiECon. It is a prestigious  award especially since this is the biggest gathering of entrepreneurs in Kerala. This recognition gave us the confidence to work on bigger challenges in our mission, “Revolutionise Transport on Water”. The complexity of problem increases with either the…