Virya Paramita Energy (VPE) Private Limited is a pioneering renewable wave-energy company in India aiming to help safely and responsibly meet the country’s growing needs for energy by generating electricity from waves. VPE endeavors to bring in an efficient class of indigenous wave energy converters (WECs) to market, enabling cost-effective low and no-carbon solutions to climate change. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is the creed that underpins VPE’s bespoke initiatives in creating a self-reliant and self-generating energy system in India. The company’s initial goal is to harvest 1 GW power from the enormously large wave potential of the Indian coast, diversifying the country's total energy production scenario. VPE is a torch bearer in promoting the use of wave energy sources and will be the beacon in disseminating the ‘Blue Economy’ in India.
Access to energy bolsters modern life enabling human comfort, economic affluence and social development. The opulent life that we enjoy today comes with a grave penalty of rise in pollution levels and the rapid depletion of fossil fuels that requires urgent attention to fulfill increasing energy demands. India being the second most populous nation, grapples to meet the rising power demands while keeping the greenhouse gasses and pollution levels in check. While the Indian government is exploring greener ways like solar and wind to diversify the nation’s power sources, the 7500 km long Indian coastline with an immense 40 GW wave power is awaiting to be tapped. Inspired by this massive ocean power, Sai Arun Kiran Karthik, a young aspiring entrepreneur trained in Australia founded the first private wave energy company in India - the ‘Virya Paramita Energy (VPE) Private Limited’ in 2020, to foster cutting edge technologies in the arena of sustainable energy.
Acclaimed for his strategic acumen gained by years of experience in introducing new things and leading teams at the International Students level & Academic Board level (RMIT University) and National Students level (NIT Srinagar), Sai Karthik rightly collaborated with the finest minds and experienced scientists working in the field of wave energy from the top institutes of the nation. One such key personnel is Prof. Abdus Samad, a faculty member in the Ocean engineering department of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras since 2010. He laid the cornerstone of VPE and has been its driving force since its inception. Prof. Samad has decades of experience working in sectors of marine energy, optimization of turbomachinery systems, computational fluid dynamics, tidal turbines, surrogate based optimization, design and testing of oscillating water column and point absorber type wave energy converters, hydrodynamic modeling, control optimization of WECs, and artificial lift. He commenced the Wave Energy and Fluids Engineering Laboratory (WEFEL) in 2017 to perform tank testing, rapid small scale prototyping and large commercial scale prototypes of WECs. In 2018, his research group successfully demonstrated the working of a lab-scale oscillating point absorber wave energy device with a novel direct-drive power conversion mechanism to convert wave power into electrical energy which lies as the pivotal technology for the sea-based desalination system being developed by VPE. Apart from his diverse portfolio and academic rigor, he also has keen sense of product innovation growth activities which has aided VPE in attracting funds and technical assistance from global and national bodies such as the Maritime Clim Accelerator (A European Union co-funded), the government of Andhra Pradesh, India and the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT). VPE is also one among the top 20 start-ups to demonstrate their innovative solutions for the transition to sustainability of the maritime industry in front of a global platform of investors, port authorities and shipping companies.
Another key mentor of VPE is Prof. Abhijit Chaudhuri, a faculty member of Fluid Mechanics group in Applied Mechanics department of IIT Madras since July, 2010. He works on diverse fields of fluid mechanics and application of CFD to understand fluid structure interaction, scaling and folding of RO based desalination etc. In the field of wave hydrodynamics he has been working on tsunami wave interaction with onshore structures, explosive instability due to nonlinear wave mixing, and designing a wave energy supported desalination system. He is an active member of IIT Madras wave energy team and brings his rich experience that helps in building practical desalination systems tailored based on coastal sites and fits the customer needs. Recently in 2021, the company signed a Joint Development Agreement with IIT Madras and also incubated its startup at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. VPE’s dynamic leadership stands as a testament in redefining the renewable energy industry by creating value for its customers, partners and employees.
WHAT WE DO?
Backed by a skilled team and under 10+ years of experienced leadership, VPE paves way in providing clean energy solutions that are feasible, cost-effective and innovative. To commence with, the company has embarked upon an exciting venture on developing a wave-energy based desalination system to produce fresh water for drinking and sanitation for domestic and commercial utilization. We mainly focus on producing water for the coastal population who have less access to safe water for drinking or common household applications. Presently, the technology for capturing wave energy and utilizing that for desalination is at a primitive stage. VPE’s technical team will work on the development of sustainable technology that will serve the dual objectives of meeting energy demand from renewable sources and ensuring access to safe water utilizing such energy. The company also plans to introduce warrantied and bankable WECs by 2030, that allows its customers to build wave farms for applications such as desalination, ocean surveillance, sea navigational system, weather buoy, offshore communication and UAV/Underwater vehicle charging stations.