In fulfilment of the commitment to the United Nations International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development, AeroNero has been working on producing new green technology solution - atmospheric water generators - for generating and providing access to clean, safe, and affordable high-quality safe water.
|Cost per liter||0.02$||0.03$|
|Power consumption w/l||224 Watts/liter||340 Watts/liter|
|Production liters / day||10-1000||20-800|
|Final product||Alkaline mineralised safe water||Drinking water|
|Machine price||from Rs 24000||from Rs 65000|
Since 2019, the journey of in partnership with
Fourteen years ago, Durga whilst still in the Silicon Valley, wanted to build technologies that would create social impact. Water and Energy came to mind. When she was playing a cricket tour in South Africa, Capetown ran out of water and she knew the time had come to work on technologies that would deliver Water from Air to those in Need.
She built a team that was well versed in refrigeration and had worked on AWG technologies and created a new set of designs that received patents and built the first set of machines to take to the world. She then acquired additional technologies that bio-mimicked, deriving inspiration from the desert beetles and further developed the solution.
As the whole city of Chennai reeled under the floods in 2015, there was a severe safe water shortage which paved the way for the solution to be introduced to the market.
The Concept of Atmospheric Water Generation is not new, however, the Innovative Technology of the Aeronero machines is quite unique. The Technology is unique in the efficiency, capacity, cost, filtration system, minerals cartridges as well as the variation in the climate and geographic areas that it can be in.
In 2019, Aeronero, a for profit social enterprise was incorporated and Durga began to implement pilots across the country to gather data and build efficiencies in the solution so that Aeronero could bring to the world solutions that are affordable and sustainable. Enabling independence has been the aim of every endeavour so far and Aeronero has kept that promise, removing the need for any external source of water.
Founder / CEO
Born in India and living and working in Silicon Valley for twenty plus years in technology inculcated in me the desire and passion to give back. I wanted to make a difference in people's lives. Water is capable of creation and destruction. Humanity has depleted the source of groundwater with carelessness and irresponsibility. I wanted to cause a change. Aeronero is a social enterprise that will continually innovate and work on technologies and solutions that will deliver mankind from water-related issues.
Meet our global team
Founder / CEO
Durga’s background in building technology in the Silicon Valley for 25 years led her to believe that water would be a world issue and decided to invest in the technology behind this. Durga developed the rights and technologies to patented solutions and launched a water solution company called AERONERO.
The technology is designed to bio-mimic desert plants and creatures to collect as much water as possible in lower humidity conditions and at an affordable cost. She also fostered a relationship with IIT Chennai, IIT Kharagpur, and NIIT Kurukshetra with the blessing of the Department of Science to develop a new product low-cost, maintenance-free solution that can deliver 4-5 liters of water to a village home.
Durga is an advisor to the World Talent Economic Forum which is a team of International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange. Ms. Das has more than thirty years of experience in the critical early stages of start-ups – with skilled emphasis on creation, management, business development, marketing, and sales.
Durga brings to her businesses an amazing wealth of experience from years of managing successful start-ups. A continuous initiator of revenue-generating concepts, she possesses an innate understanding of the market pulse at the ground level. All her previous companies have been successfully acquired, a testimony to an amazing track record of her strengths in creation, management, and development of valuable start-ups.
Durga has captained the Cricket team of the USA and the joint Americas for over 5 years and has played tours in South Africa, England, Argentina, Bangladesh, and Canada, and has played at the national level in India. Durga, a Rotarian, is also an amateur competitive golfer and an avid Sailor. She rides a Harley Fat Bob on weekends and long rides with her brotherhood to clear her mind. Durga, who believes “SPORT builds character,” has always motivated the younger generation to take to active sports not only for fitness of mind and body but also to learn the higher lessons that playing a sport can teach.
Anil Arcalgud is an experienced executive having held leadership roles in different business and functional domains. Arcalgud is currently engaged as a board member for Sagiliti, Inc., a company focused on energy use and sustainable utility capability management for buildings.
Arcalgud most recently retired after a distinguished career of 13.5 years from Ecolab, Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. Arcalgud’s career with Ecolab included five successful years as the executive vice president and chief information officer for Ecolab Inc. Arcalgud also established and led Ecolab’s Global Business Services function, responsible for its strategy formulation, roadmap planning, and service execution globally across all divisions of Ecolab.
Arcalgud joined Ecolab in 2009 after a 13-year career with Motorola, where he served in a number of leadership roles in finance and technology within the company. Prior to Motorola, Arcalgud worked in finance and business advisory for more than eight years with Price Waterhouse-Coopers and ANC Co.
Arcalgud holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics from St. Joseph’s College in Bangalore, India. He is a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Arcalgud serves on the board and as a finance committee member for Genesys-Works (a non-profit engaged in actively expanding career pathways and opportunities for youth from underserved communities).
Engineering & Supply Chain
Accomplished and versatile business leader, with a comprehensive background in supply chain operations, program, and engineering management, as well as business strategy. Demonstrated ability to manage large-scale projects with strong leadership, wise decision-making, strategic planning, and excellent communication skills. Proven expertise in negotiating favorable agreements involving significant cost savings, and solving commercial disputes with major international corporations
At Williams Sonoma for 6 years, he was responsible for all the sourcing/ business activities in Indonesia, including merchandising, quality, P&L, and vendors management
At Palmato International as Managing Director, he leveraged significant supply chain knowledge and network to develop and manufacture consumer electronic products in China for the North American market. Achieved valuable experience in product branding, trademarks, sales, and distribution channels. Prior to his he spent 16 years at Motorola in various senior roles and In GE for 8 years
Product Mgmt & Marketing
Mehrnaz Hada is an experienced high-tech executive having held roles in design, marketing, business development, strategy as well as leadership and management in Silicon Valley for over 25+ years. She has a proven track record of establishing multi-million-dollar profitable businesses within new market segments.
Mehrnaz's strength is establishing strong focused strategic sales teams within a new client base while working with business and manufacturing partners on a global basis.
Mehrnaz holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology. She is a lifelong learning enthusiast and has numerous formal trainings in sales, business development, leadership, and mentorship. Her passion for a better environment as well as giving back to society after many years in high-tech brings us to Aeronero where our mission is providing clean & safe water to all.
Suresh spent the last 18 years boot-strapping several start-ups and building them up as profitable organizations with multimillion dollar sales revenues. He brings proven abilities in developing sales potential in new market areas, and creating key alliances and partnerships.
He spent 15 years with the SSI Group, where he headed their US operations which included: Clientsoft, SSI Technologies and Aptech Worldwide Corporation. A graduate of Loyola College, India, Suresh obtained his Master’s degree in Management from Annamalai University, India. He is highly experienced in Business Development, Business Strategy, Strategic Alliances, Business Process Improvement, Branding, Outsourcing, Organizational Development, Competitive Analysis, and Mergers and Acquisitions.
Jayakar Rao is the CEO of ‘India Water Project’ an initiative of JalaThirtha Pvt Ltd which partnered with USGS ( United States Geological Survey ) & others partners to provide solutions to identify potential water resources using patented & innovative technologies.
Jayakar is the also the VP of MRP Education Society, an NGO which runs Tagore Memorial School providing free education to over 300 poor & slum children & also runs an orphanage. He is also an advisor to ESTAH a leading NGO helping farmers and addressing some of their key challenges. He is also Senior Associate & Advisor at Ahava Foundation.
Jayakar Rao was associated & worked with several Organisations ’ medium & large companies with several years of professional experience.
Operations & General Management, Sales & Distribution, Business Development, Trade Marketing, Sales Operations, Strategic Planning, Team Building &Leadership, Retail Chain Management
~Result driven senior management professional offering about 30 years of experience and success in driving operational growth, maximising business opportunities, initiating startups and leading turnaround efforts and start up projects in Sales & Distribution, Retail and FMCG industry.
~Highly regarded leadership skills and hands on experience in developing and driving business units .Proven capability in managing large teams at regional and national level operations. Accredited in leading successful teams at regional and national levels.
-Excellent motivator, strong individual to drive results, building strategic business relationships,, Level Headed, Extroverted, Easy person to mix and lead teams to drive business objectivies
- An excellent Communicator and negotiator and a flair for drive for results
Senior Operations professional with sound business acumen and strategic focus with 32 years multifunctional experience & handling end to end plant operations with bottom line responsibility.
Worked with a variety of functions ranging from Quality, Operations, Engineering, Projects, Strategic Planning,and with large organisations like Eicher & TAFE in the automotive space & Havells in the Electrical consumer durable space.
Specialities - Lean Transformation, Financial turnaround, Strategic management, Quality, Engineering, Manufacturing, General Management, strategic & change management..
Finance & Accounts
Sridhar is a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and a Resolution professional, with over 24 years of experience in Finance, Taxation, Strategy and management reporting. Sridhar’s core experience is in managing commercial transaction structuring to minimise regulatory costs and liaising with tax (Direct and indirect) authorities for assessments and exemption related benefits. He specialises in corporate strategy which ensures effective decision making and facilitates critical business decisions.
His rich stints at Reliance ADAG India, Landmark group (Dubai) , UMW (Malaysia) enables him to handle arbitration issues as well as in acquisition and takeovers besides setting up controls in a start-up environment. His experience in fund raising which includes preparation and validation of Business plans, with the Systematix group (Class I merchant bankers), helps advising several of his clients. He has helped clients achieve a better credit rating through sound financial advice and planning. He has experience in handling green field projects in the manufacturing space.
He has been handling complex CFO profiles & business turnarounds since 2011 for clients across Retail, Manufacturing and Technology space.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered accountants of India (ICAI) and the Indian Institute of Insolvency professionals (IIIPI).
Over two and a half decades of a successful corporate career,a business leader, Shekar has worked across a range of functions covering sales, operations, finance, projects and supply chain. His work experience also covers a wide range of industries like Airlines, Automotive, Agriculture, Consumer Goods, Outsourcing, Retail, Technology and Telecom.
He has trained extensively and effectively used several management concepts starting from the Japanese manufacturing techniques of TQM, Kaizen, 5S, SMED etc to Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Ford’s Q1 and TOPS (team oriented problem solving); Value Engineering, Value Stream Mapping, Franklin Covey’s 4 Disciplines of Execution and so on.
Shekar was the Business Head of the Auto Parts Aftermarket for TVS, which involved the Retailing and Distribution of Automotive Spare Parts in India, including its own Private label brand. Prior to that, Shekar conceived, established, developed and managed the Financial Shared Services organisation for Nokia globally, delivering best in class services at a cost better than the Industry.
Shekar has managed Sourcing, Procurement and Supply Chain organizations regionally and globally, both at Nokia and Intel. At Intel, Shekar formulated, developed and drove the IT outsourcing program successfully at a time when the Indian IT industry was still nascent. Shekar also has a unique experience as the core team member of Ford Motor Co which set up the 300 acre greenfield manufacturing facility at Chennai. Shekar started his career with Eicher where he trained on manufacturing engineering concepts and worked both at the tractor gear business unit and later at Royal Enfield (which was acquired by Eicher).
R&D / Design
An air conditioning expert with an experience of over 23 years and with specific experience in Air Water generators from 2008 till date. Pioneer in AWG technology in India. A continuous innovator who takes any problem statement and applies his tremendous experience to finding solutions. His prior experience includes Akash Ganga in AWG technology, work in Riyadh and Dubai for several years. His experience includes, AWG technology, Refrigeration, deep freezers and cold Storage.
Goutham has been a part of the core team since inception of Aeronero. A Bachelor of Technology in Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals and an experience across a broad range of management functions and varied industry segment, Goutham has proven ability to combine vision, ingenuity and strong process acumen with well-developed project management and leadership quality to support.
His areas of expertise include Research and development, Project management, Procurement, Strategic business development and Logistics/ supply chain management. He has been a Cadet Senior Under Officer in NCC Army Senior Division, 2012-2013 and a Logistics lead for Chemfluence, a national level technical symposium, March 2014
Sales and Support
Nane is an articulate and sales oriented professional with extraordinary customer relationship skills. She has been a Director Assistant & client co-ordinator in Relja International since 2019 till date prior to which we she a Business development manager in Laundry company and Sales & Marketing Executive in Taj Coromandel India in the year 2016 and Guest Relations Manager in Taj Connemara in 2015. Prior to joining Aeronero she Head of Sales and Marketing in F45. Her education in Yerevan included a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Chemistry and a Bachelor + Master in Economy & Business Management.
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