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The CLIMAFIX Summit is India’s largest climate startup summit, organized by EAI & Energy Consortium – IIT Madras. Sumanth Selvarasu of Buyofuel shares his thoughts on Digital for Decarbonization at CLIMAFIX Summit 2022, Nov 25 & 26, 2022, at the IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai.

Venkatesh Modi, Blume Ventures moderated the session (Watch their presentation – here)

Other panel participants were:

Bhaskar R – Datasee.AI (Watch their presentation – here)

Shankar Sivan – Welfund (Watch their presentation – here)

Akanksha Priyadarshini – Aurassure (Watch their presentation – here)

In CLIMAFIX Summit 2022, Sumanth from Buyofuel took the stage to introduce an innovative solution – an online B2B marketplace tailored specifically for biofuels and waste management. With a mission to address critical issues surrounding traditional fossil fuel consumption, emissions, and waste accumulation, the Buyofuel platform offers a comprehensive solution that resonates with both environmental consciousness and economic viability.

Identifying the Problem:

Sumanth’s presentation delved into the multifaceted challenges plaguing the conventional energy sector. From the reliability of fuel supply to the pressing concerns of emissions and energy security, he articulated a compelling case for the urgent need for alternative energy solutions. Moreover, the mounting issues of biomass burning, plastic waste accumulation, and the environmental repercussions thereof painted a stark picture of the unsustainable trajectory our current practices have set us on.

Introducing the Solution:

Buyofuel’s innovative approach to biofuels expands the traditional definition, embracing any fuel sourced from organic feedstock or waste. This inclusive perspective enables Biofuel to provide a wide array of solutions, efficiently transforming diverse types of human-generated waste into viable fuel sources. Sumanth’s presentation emphasized the adaptability of biofuels, showcasing their ability to seamlessly substitute traditional fossil fuels across various sectors. Whether as solid fuels like biomass briquettes or liquid alternatives such as biodiesel, biofuels emerge as versatile, sustainable alternatives with immense potential for widespread adoption.

Market Potential:

Backing their vision with concrete market data, Sumanth painted a picture of immense opportunity. With India ranking as the third-largest energy consumer globally, and similarly ranking third in waste production, the potential market size for biofuels and waste-to-energy solutions is staggering. By tapping into sectors like power, steel, cement, textiles, and paper, Buyofuel aims to capture a significant portion of this market, thereby not only addressing environmental concerns but also creating substantial economic value.

Platform Features:

Sumanth outlined the key features of Buyofuel’s online marketplace, emphasizing its role as a double-sided platform connecting fuel consumers with manufacturers and waste suppliers. The platform addresses critical pain points in the industry, including discoverability, transparency, and quality assurance. Through innovative features such as push-notification-based follow-ups and partnerships with accredited laboratories, Buyofuel ensures a seamless and trustworthy experience for all stakeholders.

Team and Funding:

A strong team is crucial to the success of any venture, and Buyofuel boasts a lineup of seasoned professionals with expertise spanning the biofuel sector, technology, marketing, and supply chain management. Sumanth himself brings a wealth of experience in marketing and product management to the table, complemented by co-founders with backgrounds in biofuel manufacturing, technology development, and supply chain logistics. Additionally, Buyofuel has successfully secured funding from reputable sources, including grants and investments from both public and private entities, signaling confidence in the viability of its business model.

In an era marked by growing concerns over climate change and environmental sustainability, initiatives like Buyofuel’s online marketplace represent a source of hope. By harnessing the power of technology, innovation, and collaboration, Buyofuel is not only offering a viable alternative to traditional energy sources but also paving the way for a cleaner, greener future. As stakeholders across industries come together to embrace these solutions, the potential for positive impact is boundless, making Buyofuel’s vision one worth investing in.

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About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.

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