Visaka Industries' Atum acquires 20 years of patent rights
The integrated solar roof division of the company will be producing India`s first eco-friendly energy generating roof
Visaka Industries, one of the largest manufacturers of cement roofing sheets in the country, has acquired 20 years of patent rights for Atum – its integrated solar roof division. The patent has been granted for the invention of an eco friendly energy generating roof. Atum has been addressing coal-based power production by providing solutions for sectors like affordable housing, net-zero industries, and commercial establishments.
Speaking about this milestone, Vamsi Gaddam, joint managing director of Visaka Industries said, “The invention Atum – the world’s first solar roof that generates power is an idea I have been worked on from 2016, and filed for patent in March 2017, following which there were several hearings against global citations and we had to validate and make a point regarding the innovation. After all this, it’s just overwhelming. Today, we have a true innovation from India for the solar industry. This is what the thought was way back in 2016 when I was reading books on Steve Jobs, Richard Branson among others and I felt why can't there be more innovators and role models out of India, why do we always look for international leaders, non-Indian innovations and companies, leaders at large. This was the inspiration behind Atum and I am happy to share this moment for my state and country and my planet.”
Atum is a simple roof that generates power. Atum generates 20-40% more power compared to the traditional solar roofs. Atum also looks very aesthetically appealing and gives additional floor space which is not possible with traditional systems.
Apart from Atum, the company is actively trying to solve the deforestation and carbon emission issue and the textile division has developed sustainable yarns made out of PET bottles – addressing the issue of plastic waste.