Raunak Kalra India Student at Institute of Technology/Banaras Hindu University
Raunak is a final year student of Mining Engineering at the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), Varanasi.
He spent a summer at CSTEP – a think tank based in Bangalore where he worked on getting India’s National Solar Mission working at the ground level. His specific areas of research and
policy making involved the application of Solar Heat in Industrial Applications; viability of Solar Water Heaters in India and the overall employment and economic potential of the solar
This got him interested in the realm of renewable energy in rural India and propelled him into launching a company which is committed to lighting up every home in (initially!) Uttar Pradesh.
The company has already installed solar lamps/lanterns in around 150 households in a village outside Banaras and is growing stronger by the day.
He is also the co-founder of a startup which will introduce the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) technology in India and try solving the problem of expensive power grid extension into remote areas. The business plan has won multiple B-plan competitions and has generated substantial interest among Venture Capitalists and is in the process of getting funded and launched.
As his work shows, he is passionate about sustainable energy and believes that increased efficiency and usage of renewable sources can still mitigate global warming substantially.