Clean water is a critical component of our modern-day society; however, treating our world’s water often requires energy-intensive processes that come at a high price tag. The water sector is at the heart of two of humanity’s greatest challenges: first, our growing freshwater demand, driven by a swelling population coupled with the need to uplift those who still do not have access to safe and reliable services; and, second, the need to rapidly reduce the emissions associated with delivering these services to fight climate change. Currently these two are at tension. This doesn’t have to be the case. Pani’s goal is to accelerate the world’s transition toward a sustainable water supply by developing and implementing technologies that enable facilities to optimise their processes. Real time measurements, bolstered by AI-drive advice, empower facilities owners and operators to make quick and smart decisions with confidence. This drives down operating costs, reduces risk, eliminates water loses and ultimately avoids greenhouse gas emissions. In doing so, we are defining a new category of treatment: the Water Zero Facility.
President & CEO, Pani Energy – Victoria
Devesh Bharadwaj is an entrepreneur, engineer, and the CEO of Pani, an award-winning water technology company. Committed to taking action to address climate change by accelerating humanity’s transition to sustainable water, Devesh founded Pani in 2017 out of university research, and has led Pani’s growth from the lab, to bootstrapping in a garage, to a multi-million-dollar company with over $10 million raised to accelerate development and deployments. Pani’s vision is to accelerate humanity’s transition to sustainable water and reduce annual carbon emissions by 510 megatons, starting in 2032. Pani offers a cloud-based, machine learning software platform to optimise the efficiency of industrial and municipal wastewater treatment and desalination plants. Recent awards and recognition for Pani’s technology and Devesh’s leadership include: Global Cleantech 100 list for 2022; Best Go To Market Strategy at BlueTech Forum 2022; and Emerging Leader in Canada’s Clean50 list for 2023.