Promethean Power Systems has been selected to partner with USAID's Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program. This will enable Promethean Power Systems to extend their milk chilling technology to farmers in Bangladesh, continuing the work they began in India through Powering Agriculture.
Looking to offer his wife some relief from the Indian heat, Promethean Power Systems co-founder, Sam White, developed the Nano-Ice Cooling Necklace with some of the cooling balls left over from his cooling system. The necklace not only kept her cool, it provides relief to MS and cancer patients.
Promethean Power Systems and BRAC are working together to help dairy farmers in Bangladesh get fresh milk to market much faster. BRAC recently bought 19 additional Rapid Milk Chillers, which will make even more urban markets available to farmers, all while operating both profitably and sustainably.
Bangladesh's dairy industry has been identified as their next "thrust sector". Promethean Power's chiller is an example of how increasing efficiency, decreasing spoilage, and helping farmers make a better living through technology is making milk available to more people and creating more jobs.
Promethean Power manufactures thermal energy-powered milk chillers that have had a giant impact in India. Small dairy farmers, as well as distributors like Hatsun, Heritage groups, Mother Dairy, and Amul India have profited from the ability to chill milk quickly and safely.
Indian cleantech startups often struggle to find the talent needed to build an effective team. From "feet on the street" to senior leadership, authentic knowledge of the complex Indian market is key. A leader in this developing market, Promethean is being watched as they negotiate these challenges.
Promethean's system allows for chilling milk at source, which is a win-win for dairy plants and farmers. Dairies get milk with less microbial load and spoilage possibility; farmers benefit from a more flexible delivery time and increased herd size. They can also expect to fetch a better price.
Promethean Power's solution had to evolve in order to meet the needs of diary farmers. "Most villages in India are already connected to the grid, but the grid is not available around the clock and not always when it’s most needed. This insight led me to a better solution: a battery."
Word is spreading about the transformative impact of Promethean's milk chiller technology. The company has sold over 500 milk chilling units to its dairy partners in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Retailers are also using Promethean’s system for refrigerating produce.
Sorin Grama and Sam White of Promethean Power are finding their stride in India, where their thermal energy storage technology is making a real difference in the lives of Indian dairy farmers—without using a single drop of diesel.