IIT Kanpur Backs Startup Acquafront Launches Floating Solar Grid at Kaushambi

IIT Kanpur Backs Startup Acquafront Launches Floating Solar Grid at Kaushambi

Acquafront Infrastructure Private Limited (AIPL), a startup incubated at the Startup Incubation and Innovation Centre (SIIC) IIT Kanpur, has developed a next-gen concept “i-Ghat” at Kada Ghat, Kaushambi. It is a unique futuristic proposition to refine river ghats in India. i-Ghat includes integrating reinforced-cement concrete (RCC) based floats with solar cells and electric-powered boats using Steel Integrated Floating Jelly (SIFJ) technology to avoid the impact of using plastic floats and also to reduce the noise and air pollution caused by diesel boats. The project is supported by NTT DATA, a global digital business and IT services leader present in more than 80 countries.


The i-Ghat facility at Kada Ghat, Kaushambi was commissioned in September, 2022, and has recently been inaugurated by Hon. Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Keshav Prasad Maurya. Dr. Harsh Vinayak, Senior Vice-President, NTT DATA, Prof. Ankush Sharma, Professor-in-charge (Innovation & Incubation), IIT Kanpur and District Magistrate of Kaushambi, Shri Sujit Kumar were present at the event.

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The i-Ghat project is equipped with a state-of-the-art floating charging station with a battery swap for the battery powered electric-boats that use captured solar energy through the RCC-based floating solar grid. It is completely self-sufficient, causes zero air and noise pollution and aligns with NTT DATA’s aim to support technology innovations for a sustainable world.


Gauri Bahulkar, Director Global CSR & India Client Experience Centers, NTT DATA Services said, “We have always believed in SIIC’s quest to harness innovative talent to develop next-gen technology and are happy to associate with IIT Kanpur’s incubation centre which shares a long-standing history of ensuring last-mile impact through its deployed technology.”


Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur said, “The innovation ecosystem at IIT Kanpur is under rapid expansion and I am grateful to NTT DATA for their consistent support to us and the startups. I congratulate AIPL for its deployment of SIFJ technology to develop this project, which is a remarkable step towards ensuring livelihood through a sustainable approach.”

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AIPL, founded by Ankit Patel and Achin Agarwal, has been developing floating solutions for large scale infrastructure including the world’s first floating CNG refilling station on Ganges River at Khidkiya Ghat in Varanasi. Said Ankit Patel, “Rivers have always played a major role in religious and cultural activities in India, but over the last century, industrialization and unequal growth has harmed the ecosystem. The need of the hour is modern avenues to accelerate the development with sustainable solutions for water infrastructure to revive these age-old linkages. The SIFJ technology has been developed to address the unique situation for India and developing nations.”

Prof. Ankush Sharma, Professor-in-charge, Incubation & Innovation, said “AIPL’s i-Ghat technology is a remarkable attempt at ensuring sustainable livelihood for the local population and helmsmen. The support from NTT DATA has added more vigour and pace to the project.”

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