Two friends from Rajasthan have developed green and eco-friendly batteries from aloe vera and have earned global recognition. Finding it difficult to believe? Continue reading to know more.
The Story has been published as part of the collaboration between Chalgenius and Startup Buddy to highlight start-ups from non-metro cities.
Two friends who studied in different colleges of Jaipur in Rajasthan had one thing in common: They were both environment lovers and concerned about the harmful impacts of zinc batteries available in the market. The duo also felt that the high importing cost of the raw material to make the batteries was also taking a toll in Indian economy.
Decided to find a solution
Nimisha Varma and Naveen Suman decided to find a solution to the normal batteries available in the market that could be eco-friendly. The duo did brainstorming and found that natural aloe vera could be used for making green batteries. They used extracts of aloe vera and other natural herbs to make world’s first eco-friendly batteries, “We found that power batteries can be made from aloe vera which could be a replacement to toxic material to lead and mercury to dry cell and non-hazardous,” said Nimisha to Chalgenius.
How did the idea strike them?
Nimisha told Chalgenius that they wanted to manage waste and first thought to find a solution of e-waste generated by laptops, “We were looking for a solution of e-waste from laptops but realised that batteries were more hazardous than laptops. They are one of the primary causes of the spread of diseases. It was then we did a research and found a solution by developing batteries from aloe vera. The non green batteries have also been taking a toll on the country’s economy because the raw materials are being imported from abroad.”
Aloe ecell launched in 2018
The duo was still completing their B.tech from different colleges in Jaipur when they decided to make batteries from aloe vera. The start-up Aloe ecell was incorporated in 2018. Nimisha hails from Lucknow from Uttar Pradesh while Naveen is from Bundi in Rajasthan.
Since then, their brand Aloe e-cell has travelled in far distant places earning accolades across the globe. The innovation was part of the top eight start-ups from across the globe at the innovation summit held in Barcelona last year.
Soon to be commercialised
Naveen told Chalgenius that they are soon going to commercialise Aloe e-cell after getting investments, “We are looking for potential investors though we got offers from investors abroad but we want to something for our country. We would start production as soon as we get investments.”
The price of the battery would be as low as Rs 9-10 and it would be cheaper than other batteries available in the market.
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