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…

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…

Global Cleantech Open, Los Angeles

It was a pleasant surprise when we were called out as the winner in the Renewable Energy category in the Global Cleantech Open awards for innovative startups. GCIP is global cleantech innovation program. The GCIP programme of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). In India, the programme has been designed to identify innovations in the area…

With ClubFM RJ Rafi

It was a great experience talking with Rafi, a popular DJ from ClubFM, on the story of ADITYA – India’s first solar ferry. The language is Malayalam – apology to those who cannot understand it.

Imagination of a 7 Year Old

Today my son, Abhimanyu, came up with a “robotic car” (in his words) named RAIN RUN. What is interesting is that this car run on rain. Having seen ADITYA (India’s first solar ferry boat) that runs on sun during a visit on a rainy day, as well as learning about Tesla, he came up with…

GOI Sidelining Water Transport in Electric Adoption

On the surface one would agree that the current leadership under Prime Minister Modi is very aggressively aimed at transforming vehicles on road to electric by 2030. However, the various policy makers have neglected water transport. Under FAME scheme launched by Dept. of Heavy Industries, (http://dhi.nic.in/writereaddata/UploadFile/Gazette_Notification_FAME_India.pdf), the thrust in on support hybrid/electric vehicles market development…

ADITYA – 150 Days of Service; and Surprise!

From the day of inauguration on 12th Jan to yesterday (12th Jun) ADITYA completed 150 days in service. In this period, along with demonstrating some of the unique characteristics of a solar ferry, it also dispelled some of the myths propagated by the nay-sayers. The unique features that were showcased successfully based on feedback from…