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Yashraj Khaitan

Yashraj Khaitan
Smart DC microgrids

Organization: Gram Power

What are Smart DC Microgrids?

clean, reliable, affordable, and scalable electrical power

Smart DC microgrids that provide clean, reliable, affordable, and scalable electrical power to underserved populations in remote rural areas of the developing world.

THE PROBLEM

400 million people in India and 560 million in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to energy. They resort to the use of kerosene fuel, which releases more than 190 million tons of carbon dioxide into the environment and claims 1.5 million lives each year.

THE INNOVATION

Gram Power has developed an integrated smart microgrid technology that offers: (1) an innovative power management unit (PMU) in every home to provide intelligently metered pre-paid power with multiple AC and DC voltage outputs; (2) distributed storage (battery backup at the household level) to minimize investment and losses related to centralized battery banks; and (3) DC transmission technology to prevent theft. The modular and scalable design of PMUs and storage enables Gram Power to setup microgrids for 20 to 1000 homes catering to individual energy needs of 11Wh to 2000Wh.

“Our innovation does two things – allows people to leapfrog from no power to a highly efficient smart microgrid, and enables them to use their disposable income instead of savings to purchase power. We believe that we have the potential to mirror the cell phone revolution in the energy industry.” – Yashraj Khaitan, Founder and CEO of Gram Power

THE VISION

To provide affordable, flexible, and sustainable power to 2.6 billion of the world’s poor living without reliable electricity.

“Reliable power is a critical ingredient for development. Gram Power creates access to this basic resource, enabling 40% of the world population to get connected to the global marketplace and become a part of the modern information economy.” – Yashraj Khaitan, Founder and CEO of Gram Power

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Innovator News

January 30, 2013

Yashraj Khaitan of Gram Power presented an integrated microgrid technology at LAUNCH: Energy on November 12, 2011. After receiving an email about Gram Power's recent successes we caught up with Mr. Khaitan to talk. Yashraj had this to say about the unique benefits of LAUNCH:

1) It was an amazing confidence booster. No other platform than NASA and such amazing people from around the world who attend launch to selflessly help the innovators can provide better encouragement. It really made us feel for real that we're up to something!

2) The networking format in launch is unbeatable. Spending 2 full days with the council members, dedicated roundtable sessions, excursions, bus rides, etc. helped us get connected with them in a very useful and personal way. Even if I ping any of them today, they'll remember me and would probably go out of their ways to help out.

3) The launch team is insanely dedicated to the cause. They were more proactive in assisting us and helping us meet our targets than we ourselves were. Victor, John and Lena were great mentors to me when we were interacting with council members and closing our investment deal. They almost made me feel like family :).

4) Lack of competition amongst the 10 teams was a boon. It enabled me to really learn from them and be free about any discussion I wanted to have with them.

We are so excited to hear about his progress. Jacob and Yash of Gram Power are changing people’s lives in India.  Average people will be able to start businesses that were previously impossible to do so without electricity.  Their dreams were big – and they were not afraid to try to change a little place like India. 

September 10, 2012

Indian blackout held no fear for small hamlet where the power stayed on.

At the end of July, India experienced the worst blackout in modern history. At least 20 states lost power in three huge grid failures covering an area home to more than 700 million people. In one tiny village in very rural Rajasthan, the lights stayed on. Buttermilk machines churned, televisions blared and fans whirred, providing respite from the drenching humidity of the post-monsoon heat.

September 01, 2012

Gram Power's Yashraj Khaitan and Jacob Dickinson featured in USAID's Frontlines publication.

Yashraj Khaitan (left) and Jacob Dickinson, both founders of Gram Power, stand next to several solar panels in India. The panels are part of Gram Power’s central infrastructure being built in Indian villages for electrification. Distribution lines run through the village, connecting each home to the central infrastructure of solar panels and a generation station.

 

July 06, 2012

Gram Power: Yashraj Khaitan's 'smart microgrid' produces, stores renewable energy on location   ...