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Unique 100% renewable water technology, creating water out of air

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Sep 27, 2022 1:03 PM

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Clean drinking water is becoming increasingly scarce. In the face of increasing droughts, unreliable supplies, and climate change, current water infrastructure is insufficient. Simply put, resilient solutions are desperately needed. Uravu Labs, a Bengaluru-based deep-tech startup, has a solution in this regard; it literally creates water out of air, thanks to its unique 100% renewable water technology.

This climate tech startup recently announced its seed round of funding, with the goal of developing renewable water infrastructure. Anicut Capital led the round, which was also co-led by Rocketship.vc and Speciale Invest. Vesta (France), Venture Catalysts (India), Verso Holdings (Luxembourg), Spectrum Impact (India), Echo River Capital (US), and other angel investors from India, the US, and the Middle East also participated in the company. The capital will be used to scale the company's 100% renewable water technology.

100% renewable water

Today, many sectors are in the midst of a renewable revolution like solar PV and wind help us go renewable in the electricity sector. Water sector is surprisingly left out.

Uravu is bridging this gap by bringing a revolution with 100% renewable water. But what is 100% renewable water?

According to company officials, their proprietary technology captures inexhaustible atmospheric moisture and produces high-quality drinking water using only renewable energy. Air contains enough water to fill six times the world's rivers combined, and it replenishes itself naturally every 8-10 days. Furthermore, the water renewable technology makes use of the Sun's clean and limitless energy, as well as carbon-neutral waste heat and biomass. Furthermore, no water is wasted in the process, unlike technologies such as reverse osmosis, which wastes more water than it purifies. In short, the company's industrial-scale and affordable solution has the potential to transform multiple markets, most notably the beverage, real estate, and hospitality sectors, and will be commercialised by 2023.

Founded in 2019 by Pardeep Garg, Swapnil Shrivastav, Venkatesh R, and Govinda Balaji, Uravu Labs has signed beverage giants such as AB InBev and Radico Khaitan as customers and is reaching out to many more beverage and commercial customers in the Indian, Southeast Asian, Middle East, and Japanese markets. The fresh funding will build the path for further expansion in these geographies.

The seed investment will enable Uravu to accelerate its ongoing work of minimising the stress on groundwater. The company co-founder and CEO Pradeep Garg said, “It will further enable us to mitigate resource depletion by converting abundantly available air into water using only renewable energy. With field pilots already out, the company is aiming to rapidly test and scale the solution with key customers.”

Shrivastav added, “100% renewable water is the missing puzzle in the transformation towards a more sustainable world and Uravu is aiming to truly deliver real world environmental and social impact with its scalable solution in the mid-to-long term.”

This cutting-edge climate-tech startup previously raised an undisclosed sum in a 2021 pre-seed funding round led by Speciale Invest.

Other investors included Peter Yolles (Echo River Capital), Soren Schroder, Shigeru Sumimoto (Conselux Corporation), and Tomoki Kaneko, an angel investor (Kaneko Cord).

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