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…

Economics of ADITYA in IEEE

My article, “Economics of ADITYA” is published in IEEE India Newsletter. IEEE India Info. Vol. 13 No. 3 Jul – Sep 2018, Page 38-45. Download from their site.

Talk at ASME EFx

I had chance to talk to students from various engineering colleges from South India at ASME EFx at FISAT, Kochi. The talk was followed with an interesting session of Q&A, that is usually my favourite.

NavAlt in Smartfifty list

NavAlt makes it to the top 50 in the Smartfifty list. This is a list of top 50 firms, selected by Department of Science and Technology, that would transform India. The selection of the top 40 from 400 selected firms was held in Bangalore The remaining 10 were selected from the process held in US…

Destination Kerala Award 2018

Navalt wins the “Startup of the Year” award initiated by Destination Kerala in the ceremony held on 16 Feb, 2018 at Crowne Plaza, Kochi. The award received from: Shri Adeeb Ahamed, Shri. K. Ganesh, Dr. Saji Gopinath, Dr. ChristyFernandez, Shri RajeshNair.  

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…

CleanTech Panel at TiECon2017

It was great opportunity to be part of the clean tech panel along with Syam Menon (Infuse Ventures) and Rajat Gupta (Tessol).

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…

Talk at Rotary Cochin on ADITYA

I was invited to speak at Rotary Club of Cochin to speak about ADITYA story – The making of India’s first solar ferry. Points discussed: Challenges – both technical and non-technical, during the design and construction of ADITYA. ADITYA, India’s first solar ferry and its successful performance in the last four months. Each day the…