Energizing and Enabling Energy Entrepreneurs
(From L to R) Daniel David, Co-founder, Detect Technologies, Prerak Ujgare, Co-founder & COO, IoTrek, Hari Krishnan, Co-founder, Detect Technologies, Nivedha RM, Founder & CEO, Trashcon, and Suruchi Rao, Co-founder, Ossus Bio

Launched in September 2017, Shell E4 aims to co-create solutions that have the potential to accelerate energy transition and build a more sustainable India and world. The five selected start-ups include Detect Technologies, ION Energy, IoTrek, Trashcon and Ossus Biorenewables. The teams are working on a diverse range of solutions including real-time pipeline monitoring, creating safer and smarter infrastructure and outdoor work sites, automating segregation of municipal solid waste, recovering green chemicals from waste water and building energy storage systems and infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Welcoming the first set of innovators, Mr. Nitin Prasad, Chairman, Shell Companies in India said, “We are excited about working with our first cohort on solutions that balance individual needs of energy, food and water with societal demands for clean air, waste management, mobility, safety and others. Shell E4 furthers our commitment to nurture the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country. We will continue to evolve the programme to support solutions that can help India access more and cleaner energy and drive sustainable growth.”

Located at Shell Technology Centre Bangalore, one of the company’s three global innovation hubs, Shell E4 will house the teams at a vibrant co-working space for six months. It offers each start-up a seed funding of US $20,000 and access to:

  • State-of-the-art testing and prototyping laboratories for product development and testing
  • Bootcamps aimed at customer discovery and improving the product
  • Top industry mentors and experts
  • New markets and interactions with investors and other growth and funding opportunities

In addition, the teams can tap into Shell’s large global partner network at multiple industry events and engagements that have been planned as part of the curriculum. At the end of the six-month programme they will have the opportunity to pitch to top investors from India and outside. They will also meet with an array of decision makers on a Demo Day specially designed for the occasion in the latter part of the year. After the cohort graduates, they will continue their relationship with the programme through the Shell E4 alumni network.

Applications for Shell E4 second cohort are now open for entrepreneurs, startups with innovative business models, technology ideas and products to create a tangible difference in the cleaner energy space. The startup should be in early, pilot, or post-pilot stages. The deadline for sending applications is 31st March 2018. For more details visit www.shell.in/ShellE4

Shell E4 First Cohort: A snapshot

  1. Detect Technologies

    This Chennai-based startup focuses on asset integrity management, especially in the conventional oil and gas industry, and has already built a unique, patented technology for pipeline condition monitoring in real-time, using a long-range ultrasonic sensor for temperatures of up to 350 degrees Celsius. This solution will help reduce massive productivity losses in case of a breach. Along with this, the company also provides Noctuan intelligent solution for structural health monitoring on hard-to-reach assets such as stacks, columns, pipe racks, vessels, tanks, boilers, chimneys etc. and has several Fortune 500 companies as their clients. 

    Founders Daniel Raj David, Tarun Kumar Mishra, Harikrishnan AS, Karthik R, are all IIT Madras alumni who, along with their Professor Krishnan Balasubramanian, bring a wealth of experience in research, management and execution for the company.

  2. ION Energy 

    ION Energy is building cutting-edge energy storage systems and infrastructure for the adoption of high performance electric vehicles. With offices in India, USA and now France, ION leverages deep proprietary technology that merges their strengths in design, electro mechanics, battery management systems and software. Apart from deploying their own systems and infrastructure, ION will license a chemistry-agnostic and extensively cascadable architecture that enables rapid product development for customers that demand high quality battery systems.

  3. IoTrek

    IoTrek is developing technology solutions to make infrastructure and outdoor work-sites safe and smart, by using intelligent sensors, low power wireless networks and machine learning software.

    Founded by IIT-Roorkee alumni Piyush Vishwakarma (CEO), Kamran Alam (CTO) and Prerak Ujgare (COO), IoTrek is building solutions such as a "connected workforce" for the construction industry. The startup is working closely with some large construction companies in the US and India to improve the safety as well as productivity of field sites. IoTrek has come up with ultra-low power tracking devices embedded with motion sensors to connect people and assets in real time over long-range wireless network infrastructure. It aims to save millions of dollars per year in operations for infrastructure companies by implementing various use cases on single network infrastructure.

  4. Trashcon

    A Bengaluru-based startup, Trashcon, founded by Nivedha RM, has created Trashbot, an automated municipal solid waste segregator that separates municipal solid waste (MSW) into biodegradable, non-biodegradable, metals, and rejects components of mixed MSW mechanically. The segregator can process up to 300-400 kgs of MSW/hour, recovering up to 85-98 percent of biodegradables and more than 95 percent of non-biodegradables. Any kind of mixed waste is dumped into the hopper and the waste is segregated instantaneously.

    With an inbuilt IoT technology, Trashbot consumes relatively less energy compared to conventional segregators, minimizes manual intervention and enables quick processing of large volumes of waste. Trashbots are installed at various wards across the city to prevent dumping of wastes on the streets and pathways, and thus prevent choking of water and sewage channels, which have resulted in flooding during heavy rains.

  5. Ossus Biorenewables

    This Bengaluru-based startup is creating solutions for clean energy and recovery of green chemicals from waste water. They are focused on assetizing waste water through, bH2 plus, a technology employing specially-designed microbial cell factories, for generating biohydrogen and metals from renewable feedstocks like industrial effluents, municipal sewage and polluted water bodies.

    With the potential to be retro-fitted to storage tanks, effluent treatment plants or installed directly in-situ for the restoration of polluted rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water, this startup is creating an end-to-end green solution for valorising the utilizable energy present in waste water.

    Founded by Dr. Suruchi Rao and Shanta Rao in 2017, Ossus Biorenewables is currently in the process of demonstrating the elemental capability of their technology for generating value from produced water, an effluent generated by upstream oil and gas companies.

Notes to Editors:

Shell in India

Shell is one of the most diversified international oil company in India's energy sector with over 7000 employees. It is a major private sector supplier of crude products, chemicals and technology to public/private sector oil companies. It maintains a significant presence in the country with its lubricants and retail businesses. Shell also has a technology center, a financial business operations center, an in-house global IT center and operates a joint venture LNG receiving and re-gasification terminal. Through its subsidiary company BG Exploration and Production India Limited, Shell holds a 30% interest in, and is joint operator of, the Panna - Mukta oil and gas fields and the Mid and South Tapti gas and condensate fields (PMT fields). Shell also holds a 32.5% equity stake in Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL). MGL has to its credit the distinction of pioneering the natural gas distribution network in Mumbai and its neighboring areas.

Shell’s Global Technology Network

Shell Technology Centre Bangalore is one of three global technology hubs, alongside those in Houston, USA and Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. They form part of an integrated network of technology centres, which includes several smaller centres located close to our customers and other partners and provide tailored services.


Arpita Kedia, Edelman India
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