Lack of heating sources at remote places with no access or uncertain access to power sources is an inconvenience faced by many, especially in remote areas like the North East
A new low-cost heating system which can be activated by plain water anytime, anywhere and does not require any fuel or electricity to heat or power it, can act as a heating solution in any location.
Dr Sumer Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi along with his research team has developed a technology that works on chemical energy. It is called ‘Powerless Heating Technology’.
With this technology, users can heat ready-to-eat food, make instant noodles, and any beverage like tea, coffee, etc. The by-product of the heating process is a natural mineral that easily integrates into the soil without any toxic effects.
North East Center for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR), an autonomous body under the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, supported Dr Singh and his team to develop a food box and a liquid container that can be integrated with the Powerless Heating Technology. They have used it to develop containers which can heat food or & beverages on demand.
Anchiale Technologies, a Gurugram-based startup, is scaling up this technology and has started supplying it to the Indian Navy and some food manufacturing companies. A patent for the technology has been filed. A nondisclosure agreement (NDA) has been signed with the Indian Tobacco Company (ITC) for integration of this technology in their food products.