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Indian eco-friendly batteries using aloe vera wins Schneider Electric’s Student Competition
New Delhi, October 16, 2019
Team Aloe e-Cell from Rajasthan Technical University in Kota, India, comprising Nimisha Sharma and Naveen Suman, who created 1.5v green batteries that do not impact the environment, has won the top honours at Schneider Electric's Go Green in the City 2019 finals held in Barcelona, Spain earlier this month.
Go Green in the City is an international student case study competition organised by Schneider Electric, leaders in digital transformation of energy management and automation.
A press release from Schneider Electric India said the company received over 8000 registrations for the Go Green competition from the country. The top 49 teams made it to India Semi-Finals after an evaluation by technical experts from multiple fields. In this process, the top 14 teams presented their idea to the technical leaders in the India Finale.
The finalists from India joined the global finals in Barcelona where they were in competition with 8 teams. Team Aloe E-Cell emerged as winners in the Go Green Global Finale.
"Team Aloe E-Cell composed of students Nimisha and Naveen created 1.5v batteries made up of aloe vera and a few herbal extracts. These batteries are eco-friendly and they do not cause soil, water or air pollution as no hazardous metals like lead and mercury are used. In addition, it is not explosive and is safe for human use as explosive electrolytes like Potassium Hydroxide are not present. Executive judges from Schneider Electric and academia highly evaluated the team’s problem definition, realistic solution and great presentation," the release said.
Additionally, Aloe E-Cell gives 1.5 volts of potential which can replace the dry cell and alkaline batteries of AA and AAA size and can be used for low to high drain devices, it said.
“We can actually find the solutions of complex problems around us. Schneider Electric’s emphasis on clean, green and sustainable energy usage is also our passion,” said Team Aloe E-Cell. “Go Green in the City was an awesome experience to learn from and network with a lot of people around the world. We encourage young innovators to be bold and share their ideas!”
The release said that, as announced at the recent Climate Week NYC 2019, Schneider Electric takes a collaborative approach to sustainability in alignment with the UN Sustainability Development Goals.
“Whether it’s in our business decisions, people agenda or governance, our commitment to sustainability is in everything we do. But we need to do more. Go Green is a way for us to support the future generation to think outside the box. Through their ideas, we can co-create the future. Schneider Electric empowers all to make the most of their energy and resources. We are all in this together,” said Olivier Blum, Schneider Chief Human Resources Officer.
Launched in 2011, interest in Go Green in the City has grown exponentially. More than 113,000 students registered and submitted 18,800 ideas over the past 9 years. This year alone in 2019, Schneider Electric received more than 23,000 applications from 165 countries and over 3,000 students submitted their ideas, a new record for the competition.
Sixteen finalist students from the USA, Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, UK, Turkey and Spain made their final presentations at the Schneider Electric Innovation Summit Barcelona. It was a great learning opportunity to students as 3,500 industry professionals gathered to discuss the digital transformation of energy management and automation.
Schneider Electric also announced the launch of its 10th edition under the new name of ‘Schneider Go Green’. Sixteen finalist students will be invited to the global final competition at the Innovation Summit Las Vegas in June 2020. The global winning team will have an opportunity to visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Greentown Labs in Boston to network with clean tech start-ups in USA.
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