Agra-Based Data Scientist Aims To Save 80% Power With Solar AC
Ashutosh Verma’s sustainable company makes solar-powered ACs to protect the environment from the release of excessive hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) analysis report, March 2022 has seen the hottest days in 121 years. With scorching summer days and exceeding climatic temperature, International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that by 2050, there will be a three times increase in the global demand for space cooling devices. As per the IEA report, India will see an exponential purchase of AC units in the coming years.
While ACs help you get relief from the rising summer temperature, these units also release excessive hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants (HFCs) into the atmosphere. And, this further increases global heating and overall energy consumption.
To solve this issue, Ashutosh Verma, an Agra-based data scientist, has started Exalta. The initiative is an eco-friendly company, which offers a sustainable alternative to conventional ACs. The company claims to create solar AC units that are likely to save up to 80 percent of power consumption. These AC units also come with a longer shelf life of up to 25 years, which is also the life expectancy of solar panels.
With our solar ACs, users are expected to save approximately 600 units of electricity per month, which can reduce their electricity bills by Rs 5,500, which is a significant reduction in comparison to the normal ACs.
Rise of Exalta
Ashutosh wanted to create his own solar air conditioner ever since he was studying in high school. His parents often discouraged him from switching on the AC for longer hours, as it consumed too much electricity, which led him to come up with a sustainable solution.
He often visited cyber cafes to search for alternatives to the power consumption by ACs, where he got to know about solar air conditioning. But being born into a working-class family, he could not fund his idea immediately.
After working and teaching in various companies like Quarbz and Appin Technology, Verma saved money and began his own venture in 2009. By the end of 2015, Exalta started manufacturing approximately 10 solar ACs in a year.
Now, the company manufactures around 300 to 400 air conditioners each month. They are also exporting to various other countries including Nigeria, Oman, Afghanistan, and Dubai. Although Exalta is majorly a B2B company, it plans to sell through various e-commerce platforms, such as Flipkart and Amazon to increase its sales.
Future of Solar AC in India
According to Ashutosh, the demand for solar ACs will increase in India in the coming years. The demand is already high, as Exalta has around 3,000 customers all over India and other countries as well.
Carbon emissions are likely to somewhat reduce with more use of solar-powered air conditioners and other electrical appliances. This way people across India can tackle the global environmental crisis by making mindful sustainable lifestyle choices.
Via: The Better India