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This energy tech startup is using AI to help electric utilities during natural disaster-like emergencies


Growing up in a middle-class family in Kolkata and Midnapore in West Bengal, India, Dr Sayonsom Chanda was no stranger to strong winds and relentless rain knocking down electricity for hours, days, and even weeks. He and his family lived in East Midnapur through the horror of the 1999 Odisha cyclone and Sidr cyclone in 2007. It was one of the core reasons for him to start Sync Energy in 2017. The startup builds artificial intelligence (AI) tools that simplify emergency and disaster response planning for electric power distribution companies. The platform helps electric utilities reduce customer downtimes and be better informed about the impact of a disaster before it actually strikes. This, in-turn, will help electric power companies to decrease costs associated with emergency-related power outages.