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Today we’d like to introduce you to Arun Gupta.

Skyven Technologies was founded in late 2013 in Dallas, TX by Dr. Arun Gupta.  At the time, Arun was a design engineer for Texas Instruments’ Digital Light Processing (DLP) business. DLP is a semiconductor chip containing millions of microscopic mirrors, and it powers almost every cinema projector in the world today. Passionate about the environment and sustainability, Arun invented a larger array of mirrors called the Intelligent Mirror Array (IMA™).  The IMA™ captures heat from the sun, raises the effective temperature of that heat as high as 400°F, and injects that heat into industrial facilities to reduce fuel consumption.

Once Skyven started touring industrial facilities, Arun found an even bigger opportunity to reduce carbon emissions. He saw a chance to improve the efficiency of the process heating systems that were already there.  Arun realized that Skyven can save more money for customers by recovering the tremendous amount of heat that they are losing as waste heat. Every BTU of heat recovered is one BTU of fuel that doesn’t need to be burned.

Historically, it has been difficult for industrial manufacturers to get heat recovery projects off the ground. Skyven therefore set out to transform the way these projects are done by making them a lot easier.  Today, Skyven’s mission is to broadly decarbonize industrial process heat.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?

Often we come across the idea that sustainability has to cost money, and a lot of it. There seems to be a perception that an introduction of sustainable practices has downsides either to product quality or to the price of manufacturing.

In order to help our customers thrive, Skyven is out to prove that through clean process heat, our customers can achieve a competitive advantage and do good for their communities, without breaking the bank. We also work hard to ensure that no manufacturing process is touched in the implementation of our technologies, which ensures product quality and throughput.

The hardest thing to change is people’s underlying assumptions on sustainable practices – Skyven is here to provide the easiest cost savings and emissions reductions industrial manufacturers ever achieved.

Please tell us about Skyven Technologies.

Skyven Technologies specializes in sustainable industrial process heat. Industrial process heat is the last bastion of fossil fuels. This heat is used to manufacture materials that human beings consume on a daily basis – from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. These applications account for roughly 25 percent of the U.S. industrial sector’s primary energy consumption. However, not much attention is given to this sector due to its complexity. Along with hurdles selling large capital projects, the unique configuration of each industrial plant has historically deterred innovation in this space.

In answer to these challenges, Skyven designs, constructs, monitors and maintains energy efficiency projects for industrial process heat at no capital cost to our customers. Our end-to-end services include long-term operations and maintenance, lifting that burden from plant personnel.

We bill for the clean heat (BTUs) the systems produce at a lower rate than our customers pay their utilities provider, effectively sharing the savings realized.

We are very proud that Skyven provides the easiest cost savings and emissions reductions for our customers. We have also been recognized by many distinguished institutions such as the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the National Science Foundation, for excellence in clean energy.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?

Our biggest learning experiences happen when we’re out in industrial facilities, touring plants, and we notice different ways that we can contribute to reducing costs and carbon emissions simultaneously. These learnings have helped shape what Skyven is today. If I had to start over, I would go out and talk to our customers as early as possible. It would be the first action on my to-do list. I would seek to deeply understand what their pain points are and how I could provide value before I start building my product.

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