India's Clean Energy Initiative
Within India alone, over 300 million people lack this basic amenity. "We live in complete darkness." said Balaji, a village laborer we met on a recent visit to Vittalapuram. Anything that needs electricity is not an option and while India has promised to supply 24-hour power to its towns and villages by 2022, many remain skeptical of the ambitious goal.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated in 2014 that 99% of electricity storage technologies were pumped storage hydropower (PSH). These large and expensive facilities are an important part of the grid that powers our world today, but operators struggle to efficiently manage wind, solar or other intermittent sources that by nature fluctuate minute to minute, day to day, season to season and so on.
India has promised to boost its electricity grid’s reliance on non-fossil fuels, including solar, wind, hydropower and nuclear, from 28 percent to 40 percent by 2030. “Affordable renewables are set to dominate the emerging power systems of the world,” said Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director. There's no doubt that renewable energy will play a critical role in mitigating Climate Change and supporting economic growth, but the ability to store and dispatch renewables in a reliable way continues to be the key limiting factor to accelerating its distribution on a large scale.
Mesha's Smart Energy Ecosystem
Storage technology has been the key limiting factor for the success of renewable energy in remote locations where grid electricity is unavailable or not reliable. Mesha’s Integrated Storage Technology (MIST) is the first solution that combines the best of both power density and energy density into a single solution to provide a smooth current for charging that minimizes battery usage during the daytime, extends the battery life and improves overall efficiency. For the first time in history, the technology finally exists to bring clean and reliable electricity to remote locations that lack grid connectivity.
The unique component of MIST are the Hybrid UltraCapacitor (HUC) and Energy Management System (EMS). When paired with a Lead-Acid or Li-Ion battery the HUC technology handles surges and current fluctuations (transients) and the EMS manages the charge and discharge to optimize the HUC and battery performance and economics. By handling the microcycles and smoothing the charge current, the battery is able to act as the main energy source without being affected by the transients.
The HUC was originally developed at the Indian Institute of Science and is licensed for commercialization by Mesha Inc. with 8 patents in 6 countries with 5 more patents currently under review. MIST is made in India and has been selected by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) to provide lighting solutions to rural areas that lack grid electricity.
“Access to clean and reliable electricity expands economic opportunities.”
Kannankote Sriram | Co-Founder
Give the Gift of MIST
Help us reduce pollution and expand economic opportunities, by giving the gift of MIST to a village in need. In partnership with Karnataka State Council for Science & Technology (KSCST) and funding provided by The Government of India's Department of Science & Technology, Mesha is looking for caring organizations to help bring MIST to remote locations throughout India.
Villages that once seemed destined to remain stagnant in the shadows of modern society are experiencing an energy renaissance. A new sense of optimism and hope for a better future is within their reach for the first time in decades.