Accelerating solar innovation through industry-academia partnership

Manipal University & Tata Power Solar unveil SERVe, a solar car prototype aimed at commercial usage, by Team SolarMobil


Bangalore, India; April 22, 2015: Tata Power Solar, India’s largest integrated solar player and Manipal Institute of Technology, India’s leading technology institute, which is a constituent of Manipal University, unveiled today – SERVe (Solar Electric Road Vehicle), the university’s first prototype solar car ready for exploring commercial viability. Designed by students of SolarMobil team, with an intention of commercial usage, the vehicle is custom-fit with bespoke solar panels designed by Tata Power Solar. SERVe is the perfect showcase of an industry-academia effort that will help increase the role of solar innovation in green mobility, with an objective of proliferation of eco-vehicles.

This four-wheeled prototype, run solely on solar energy, is designed by the above team of 27 student enthusiasts. Weighing 590 kgs, this two-seater solar car can reach up to 60 kmph with a cruising speed of 30 Kmph.

Designed keeping in mind the mobility and commercial viability, the solar panels have been custom-made to fit the car’s curved surface enhancing the aerodynamics and performance of the vehicle. The highly efficient customized panels weigh just 35kgs and provide upto 960 watts power and weigh less than half of the conventional panels. The car also houses a Direct Solar Drive, powered by solar panels, to maintain the cruising speed and is supplemented by extra power from its high-end energy storage system.

Speaking on the project, Dr P Giridhar Kini, Associate Director, Manipal University said, “We are extremely happy to see how our students have combined their passion for green energy, through the launch of SERVe. Industry-academia collaboration is the key to foster innovation among the student community. Hence, working with corporates like Tata Power Solar helped our students get technical support and knowledge transfer. The team looks forward to working with more companies for future projects and to continue to nurture student-level innovation.”

“We are pleased to be part this project driven by a talented student-team. This project epitomizes Tata Power Solar’s belief that fostering innovation is key for the proliferation of solar energy. We not only encourage innovation within our organization but also propagate universities participation for this cause, since they can play an important role in driving innovation in partnership with the industry. The solar car is one of many ventures which we have supported, and we firmly believe India’s students will act as a key contributor in the progress of our solar industry.” said Ashish Khanna, ED & CEO, Tata Power Solar. 

The core members of the student design team SolarMobil, include: Anudeep Reddy, Jeet Bannerjee, Siva Bhushan Reddy, Anjan Kumar, Varun Gupta, Rohan Sahdev, Madhav Lakhotia, Samay Goenka, Sulekh.P, Akshat Singh, Amol Grover and Nikhil Gumidelli.

Avaamo Launches “Avaamo for Apple Watch”- The First Business Messaging App on Apple Watch


Bangalore, April 21, 2015: Avaamo today announced that “Avaamo for Apple Watch”—the first secure business messaging app developed specifically from the ground up for the Apple Watch has been approved by Apple and will be available for download from the App Store in conjunction with the Apple Watch launch on April 24, 2015. Apple Watch is expected to be available in India later this year.

Key features of the Avaamo for the Apple Watch are:

  • Speech-to-text: See an important message from a coworker — simply speak into the watch and the Avaamo App will be able to convert to text and reply instantly
  • Smart Emojis at work: The app offers you smart emoji choices tailored to your conversation either from Apple’s incredibly cool animated emojis or Avaamo’s business emojis to reply immediately
  • Tap your Files, Pictures, Locations and Videos: Tap it on the watch and view it on the phone
  • Conversations at a Glance: Choose conversations you want to track, and the app will show them in your Apple Watch Glance

“Working closely with Apple helped us define the interaction model for secure messaging experience on the Apple Watch,” said Ram Menon, CEO and co-founder of Avaamo. “Instead of building a stripped down phone application, the Apple Watch gave us an opportunity to rethink human interaction from the ground up. We have tremendous interest from our customers and users in the Enterprise Community who believe wrist mounted technology will improve productivity and safety at workplace.”

More information about Avaamo for Apple Watch can be found at