NTPC Ltd., in partnership with Startup India and India Investment Grid (IIG), is launching the ‘NTPC Startup Grand Challenge’, to identify and support innovations and startups working in the fields of water conservation, biomass and clean/alternative energy utilising AI/IoT.
For Problem Statements 1 & 2: Late-Stage Startups (Early traction, Scaling and Growth stages)
For Problem Statement 3: Early Stage Startups (Validation stage)
For all three Problem Statements: Should be Indian entity registered under the Companies Act of India
1 – Innovative ideas on water conservation in Cooling Tower for reducing water footprint
NTPC aims at reducing water footprints in the following areas:
1. Harvesting water from the evaporative cooling tower exhaust plume
a. Recycling water by employing innovative technologies (
b. Creating a value-added product/by-product in tandem with allied systems/technologies/Renewable Energy sources
2. Optimization of evaporation loss from cooling tower
2 – Innovative Solutions to Separate water and bottom ash inside the plant premise in techno commercial way
NTPC, with the help of the startups, aims to separate water and bottom ash inside the plant premise in a techno-commercial way.
(Quantity to be treated is approximately 1100 M3 bottom ash slurry within 1 hr for every 4 hrs time (twice in one shift of 8 hrs) and separated water should have TSS< 100 PPM)
3 – Creation of Digital Biomass Market
NTPC aims to develop a digital market platform with startups for Agro Residue, Biomass, or other related products for this emerging business opportunity. Any startup/ existing entrepreneur working in this field can develop a digital platform connecting all stakeholders solving issues of Supply Chain and logistics and creating an all winning situation for stakeholders.
Apart from the supply of Biomass Pellets for Thermal Power Stations, platform can be extended to other Industry users such as Bio-Refineries, Paper Industry among others.
Incentives for Problem Statement 1 & 2:
· Pilot project opportunity in NTPC
· Pilot Project shall be funded by NTPC depending upon technical & economic viability
Incentives for Problem Statement 3:
· Mentorship & Intellectual Support to develop the model and portal
· Engagement with National Mission on use of Biomass in Thermal Power Plants
· Exploration of funding opportunities