Visaka Industries manufacturers of cement roofing sheets in the country have acquired 20 years of patent rights for ATUM – integrated solar roof division. The patent has been granted for the invention titled 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. It generates 20-40% more power compared to traditional solar roofs. Additionally, it also looks aesthetically appealing and gives an additional floor space which is not possible with the traditional systems.
Vamsi Gaddam, Joint Managing Director, Visaka Industries Ltd said: “The invention ATUM – The world’s first solar roof that generates power is an idea I have been working upon from 2016 onward, filed for a patent in March 2017. After which there were several hearings against global citations and we had to validate and make a point regarding the innovation of Atum. It’s just overwhelming today as 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.”