With its rising population and rapid industrialisation, India faces a challenge common to many countries around the world: how to produce more energy while reducing carbon emissions and local air pollution.
Now three start-ups in India - Graviky Labs, Smart Joules and Carbon Masters - believe they may have some answers. Their ideas range from capturing carbon emissions from cars and improving the energy efficiency of buildings to turning Bangalore’s waste into gas.
They were picked from more than 50 companies as part of the Shell #makethefuture Accelerator programme in India, which aims to collaborate with and encourage the development of ideas from start-ups for more and cleaner energy solutions.
The finalists presented their pitches to a panel of judges at the opening of the new Shell Technology Centre Bangalore on March 30. It was won by Graviky Labs, which developed a method of capturing air pollution and turning it into ink.