Thiruvananthapuram: Every time you switch off your television or computer monitor and leave it on standby mode, you are unknowingly letting a vampire loose. The device continues to suck power from the outlet even when it is not in use.
Microwave ovens, DVD players and cell phone chargers also consume what is known as ‘vampire power' or ‘phantom energy' when they are plugged in. Over time, many of these devices consume more electricity during the hours they are switched off than the time they are actually used to surf the Net or watch soap operas. It is estimated that 26 per cent of the energy loss in the world is contributed by this vampire energy.
Unplugging a device when it is not in use will cut back on phantom power. But how many people will take the trouble to pull out the cord every time they have finished watching TV or charging the cell phone?
Artin Dynamics, a start- up company based at the Technopark Technology Business Incubation (T-TBI) facility here, claims to have come up with a solution to the problem. The company's first product, SPARA, is designed to cut phantom power loss on electronic devices by up to 97 per cent.
Artin Dynamics has bagged the Sankalp 2010 award for the best emerging Clean- Tech/ Clean- Energy company in India.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Nelvin Joseph, the 24- year-old CEO of the company said SPARA was especially suitable for organisations using a large number of computers. “Apart from saving on power and money, it also helps to save Planet Earth from wastage of valuable resources,” he said.
SPARA uses Artificial Intelligence to sense the usage pattern of a particular computer terminal and turn off the device when it is not in use. With the SPARA system, a single computer can save up to 200 units of power a year. That works out to 46 lakh units of power every year on the Technopark campus alone where there are an estimated 23,000 computers at work. Artin Dynamics was shortlisted for the award from 627 nominations before going on to win the top place. “The use of Artificial Intelligence combined with Green Technology in saving power was probably the reason behind our achievement,” Mr.Joseph said, acknowledging the dedication of his team members.
Commending Artin Dynamics on winning the award, Technopark CEO Mervin Alexander said it was an achievement for the business incubation facility in the campus. “This is a recognition not just for the homegrown company, but also for the IT sector in Kerala. We hope it will encourage youngsters to become entrepreneurs and develop innovative solutions,” he said. Earlier this year, another T-TBI incubated company Catalyz Scientific Technologies had won the national award for the best biotech start up in India.
“This recognition proves that T-TBI has been nurturing innovation in the right direction to promote entrepreurship,” said K.C.C. Nair, Chief Financial Officer, Technopark. The award has been instituted by the Sankalp Awards and Investment Forum, an annual initiative aimed at catalyzing entrepreneurship in social enterprise.