Successful Cleantech Startups And Their Attainments In India

Souvik Dey Souvik Dey Nikita Kumari Nikita Kumari
Dec 13, 2020 9 min read
Successful Cleantech Startups And Their Attainments In India

Cleantech is the future. Clean technology (Cleantech) is a general term used to describe products, processes, or services that reduce waste and require as few non-renewable resources as possible. Clean technologies are not an industrial sector in themselves, and their image is still somewhat scattered. Cleantech start-ups in India develop the technologies, business models, products, and services required to deploy and finance cost-effective Cleantech solutions at scale. Any company that develops or offers a technology, product, or service that involves a response to an environmental issue is a Cleantech enterprise. Cleantech in India not only refers to just the generation of renewable energy but also covers Water and Waste Water Management, Electronic Waste disposal, and Recycling. All forms of RE (wind, small hydro, solar, biomass, and waste to energy) have significant potential in India.

Clean technology covers the following aspects:

  • Clean energy and energy storage
  • Green materials
  • Energy and resource efficiency
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable transport
  • Water, land, and air quality
  • Recycling & waste

The scope of entry into India’s Cleantech market remains high, in a large and industrially-growing country, which will increasingly depend on clean methodologies for generation, transmission, and management of power. Start-ups are driving disruptive innovation and the growth of clean technology. 75% of India’s solar PV capacity is installed by young entrepreneurs. The government is looking at attracting investments in RE of over US$ 200 billion for it to account for 15% of the overall energy basket.

Factors That Drive for Cleantech

  • The overall population is still expected to increase rapidly, to 9.3 billion by 2050, mostly in developing regions of the world, further increasing pressure on limited resources, increasing supply challenges, and creating price instability.
  • As developing countries industrialize rapidly, global demand for resources is predicted to increase dramatically, leading to increased resource scarcity.
  • Increasing urbanization has a direct impact on consuming resources.
  • Energy and resource independence have long been strategic imperatives for many countries.
  • Climate change is a force that will exacerbate many of these drivers.
  • Consumer desire for cleaner, less toxic products has changed purchasing patterns and driven the creation of new materials.
  • Changing policy and regulatory requirements designed to address the impacts of an increasingly industrialized world
  • In the face of growing constraints and increasing prices, corporations and consumers are seeking increasingly efficient ways to cut costs and increase efficiencies, especially in periods of declining revenue.
  • The number of relatively wealthy people (the middle class, essentially) is expected to increase.
  • Risk mitigation is also an important driver of Cleantech infrastructure and innovation.

Husk Power Systems


Husk Power Possibilities

Husk Power Systems is a startup company based in Bihar, India, that provides power to thousands of rural Indians using proprietary technology that has been developed by the firm that cost-effectively generates electricity using a biomass gasifier that creates fuel from rice husks, a waste product of the rice that separates the husks as chaff from the rice, a staple food in the region. They offer a flexible, 100% renewable energy 'pay-as-you-go' service, using a mobile-enabled smart metering system. With a 24-hour onsite service team and a maximum four-hour response time when issues arise, they provide reliable, low-cost AC power that matches the aspirational needs of our customers; for households, community services, small businesses, and factories.

They believe that effective training is essential to ensure that local communities experience the greatest benefit from access to reliable energy.

Founders are Gyanesh Pandey, Manoj Sinha, Ratnesh Yadav, Charles W. Ransler Year of Inception 2007.                ‌


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ONergy Solar is an end-to-end solar solution expert. ONergy provides design, engineering, manufacturing, installation, O&M, and solar consultancy services for solar rooftop powerplant, solar irrigation pumping, solar lighting, and microgrids. ONergy reliable solutions and services are focused on reducing energy costs for customers. ONergy makes solar affordable by offering bank financing and OPEC models. ONergy’s strength lies in developing high-quality products, a strong after-sales service network, facilitating consumer financing for solar systems, and developing an ecosystem for sustainable development and rural empowerment.

ONergy has also launched new and innovative products such as solar TV, solar computer, solar microgrids, and solar irrigation systems. It operates through a network of trained rural entrepreneurs and leveraging the existing networks of local NGOs, SHG's, and Mathis. Currently, it operates across West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand through a network of RECs that reach out to remote areas.

Founders are Vinay Jaju, Ekta Kothari, Piyush Jaju, Year of Inception 2009‌.

Karma Recycling

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Karma Recycling

Karma Recycling is a leading trade-in operator and redistribution of mobile devices in India. Karma's a consumer and enterprise software and services solution that help consumers, retailers and OEMs manage large-scale buyback and trade-in programs. India is the third-largest mobile devices market in the world and is rapidly becoming a global nerve center for device commerce, e-commerce, and recycling. Through mobile device re-use, tons of e-waste are continually being diverted from landfills. The aim is to extend the life of a mobile device as much as possible, and when it cannot be extended any further, to recycle it responsibly. Karma Recycling has restored an impressive 95% of mobile devices we’ve collected. The remaining 5% are recycled responsibly according to their zero-landfill policy.

Founders are Aamir Jariwala, Akshat Ghiya Year of Inception 2012.‌

Surya Power Magic

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Surya Power Magic

Surya Power Magic empowers the Indian farming community by offering them a reliable and durable solar irrigation solution. Power has always been a problem in India. It is even so for the average Indian farmer. The company makes affordable solar water pumps for farmers in power deficit regions. Surya Power Magic in 36 startups from India and five startups from the US for companies that are building products for a social cause.

Founders are Abhilash Thirupathy, Karthic Ravindranath Year of Inception 2012.‌

Green India Building Systems and Services (GIBSS)

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Green India Building Systems and Services 

Green India Building Systems and Services is a Mumbai-based Clean-tech startup that specialized in geothermal air-conditioning technologies for cooling. Other than Geothermal Air conditioning Systems, the company also provides ultra-energy-efficient innovations like Hot Water Co-generation and LED lighting Systems. It has headquarters in Mumbai and has offices in Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Singapore. The company claims a 50%-60% reduction in cost for users and proportional reduction in carbon footprint for buildings. As of 2015, the company’s technology is used in 400 buildings across India,

At GIBSS, corporate conduct is inseparable from the conduct of individual employees in the performance of their work. Every GIBSS employee is responsible for adhering to business practices that are by the letter and spirit of the applicable law of the country and with ethical principles that reflect the highest standards of corporate and individual behavior.

Founders are Arun Shenoy, Mandar Kaprekar Year of Inception 2009.‌              ‌

Greenway Grameen Infra Pvt. Ltd.



It engages in the design, manufacture, and distribution of fuel-efficient, smoke-reducing, affordable home energy appliances for rural consumers in India. It offers smart cookstoves and jumbo stoves. The company sells its products through retail shops including Paytm. While reducing smoke by 70 %, fuel use by 65 %, and GHG emissions by 1.5 tons/year.

Founders are Neha Juneja, Ankit Mathur Year of Inception 2011‌


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Objectives of GreenObin are:

  • To contribute towards an environmental cause by saving landfill space, conserving natural resources, and reducing pollution
  • To cultivate environmental awareness among office workers who consume large amounts of paper daily.

The mission of GreenObin is to become the premier scrap collection service. The purpose of GreenObin is to establish a profitable and well-managed company while at the same time creating awareness among the community for saving the environment. They save the environment by increasing the focus on ’Recycling’ of waste products.

Founders are Saurabh Jain, Utsav Sharma, Nitin Goel Year of Inception 2009.               ‌

Gram Power

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Gram Power

Since its inception, Gram Power has stood out because of its innovative technology, and ambitious projects, starting from rural microgrids to one of the country's largest smart meter installations. The startup provides cutting-edge Smart Grid technologies to address the electrification challenges in developing nations. The startup has brought smart grids to 30 remote areas in rural India through its Smart Microgrid solution. It's now bringing its technology to the national grid by managing power distribution with its technology for India’s biggest private power distribution company.

Founders are Yashraj Khaitan, Jacob Dickinson Year of Inception 2010.‌


Clean-tech + Financing + IoT technologies = A million solar roofs

India’s rooftop solar market is exploding. India added more solar capacity in 2016 than all previous years combined. The Indian government has an ambitious target of 100GW (~USD 100 Billion) solar capacity deployed by 2022, out of which 40% is the rooftop. Today, Oorjan is one of the most innovative and fastest-growing platforms for rooftop solar in India.

Oorjan directly partners with the best solar brands in India and globally to get volume discounts and pass them on to you. Oorjan has direct agreements with nationalized banks to provide low-interest loans for homes, housing societies, businesses, and non-profit institutions.

Founders are Gautam Das, Roli Gupta, Hrishikesh Deshpande Year of Inception 2014.‌

Log 9

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Log 9

Log 9 Materials is a nanotechnology company headquartered in Bangalore, India, unleashing sustainable energy and filtration benefits. Log 9 Materials is a nanotechnology company specializing in Graphene. Log 9 was awarded ‘Most Innovative Technology Company of 2018’ by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Log 9 has determined a team of scientists and engineers working on commercializing Graphene. Recently, Log 9 Spill Containment, a subsidiary concern of Log 9 Materials, developed an indoor air purifier named ‘Sorbet’ UV Air Purifier.‌‌

Founders are Akshay Singhal, Kartik Hajela Year of Inception 2018.‌

OXY Garden

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It is an IoT-enabled garden that purifies and humidifies indoor air naturally. It removes viruses, bacteria, dust particles, and harmful chemical pollutants like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene, etc. In an enclosed space. The idea Of Oxy-Garden came from a vision of a happier and healthier lifestyle for humanity. Oxygen the most fundamental element of life is what we offer. Most of us remain indoors for 90% of our daily life, breathing in air that is impure, contaminated, and polluted.

Founder Abhishek Gupta Year of Inception In late-2019.‌

Skilancer Solar

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Skilancer Solar

It is India’s fastest-growing solar Module Cleaning System (MCS) provider. Skilancer Solar has focused on solar cleaning equipment, of solar panels of commercial parks and establishments. The startup provides an autonomous robotic cleaning system capable of cleaning the solar panels without water or any manual intervention. Further, the robot is equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze the weather condition and power generation and work accordingly.

Founders are Neeraj Kumar, Manish Kumar Das Year of Inception 2017.‌

AirOK                                    ‌


AirOK functions as a catalyst- progressing energy innovation and technology transforming India's economy and helping people to choose clean and efficient energy as part of their lives. AirOK develops industry-specific technologies to control pollution in the residential as well as the industrial environment. The Delhi-based startup launched an indigenously developed smart air purifier called Vistar 550 for the B2B segment. Using EAGPA, the purifier can filter out particulate matter, microbes, fungus, and gaseous substances (carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide).

Founders are Deekshit Vara Prasad, Yasa Pavan Reddy, Vanam Sravan Krishna Year of Inception 2018.‌


The Cleantech startups in India are growing year on year, seeking to produce environment-friendly products which should benefit the natural environment by adopting clean production technology and using harmless or less harmful new techniques, energy resources, and technology. As such, it is an integral concept in sustainable development. India needs to develop green technologies that will help the country to produce cleaner energy and to consume it more efficiently. Clean-tech startups are seen by the country's leaders as future pillars of Indian Sustainable Development.

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