Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Leadership

For this category, we are looking to reward an institution that has demonstrated clear leadership on environmental issues, encompassing innovative approaches and showing clear evidence that the work is transferable across the sector.

Judges will be looking for a comprehensive approach to addressing environmental challenges, showing how a strategy has been applied across all aspects of university activity, and its physical infrastructure, but individual, more focussed projects that have had or could potentially have significant impact in this field will also be considered.

As such, you may highlight initiatives not just at an institutional level, but also at sector level, or in collaborations with governments or other agencies.

Please describe your institution’s approach, provide evidence of demonstrable progress or success, and outline any wider impact across the sector or society.

The team is led by Dr. Nitin Kumar Saluja (Associate Director ) Chitkara University Research and Innovation Network. He holds a Ph.D in high frequency engineering carrying experience in establishing 3 deep-tech startups in last 15 years along with Er. Varinder Singh. Varinder Singh holds a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical. The team also includes Rouble Gupta who has expertise in Biological Engineering Processes.


A nearly waterless washing machine with 80seconds wash-dry cycle

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Institution name – Chitkara University, Punjab, India

What chore consumes most of the water in daily life? it takes 25 litres of water to wash the average cotton t-shirt and that is enough drinking water for one person for 10 days? Globally, we consume 37 Billions Gallons of water every year. If the water used in washing clothes is omitted, it will result in the end of scarcity of clean water. All hostels, hotels and hospitals, washing all linens after every use, demand a phenomenal quantum of earth’s scarce and precious water resource, thus accelerating the rate of depleting water table.

Detergent are polluting the sea and ground water: Further, the cloth-washing involves operational expenses in terms of detergent, and electricity consumption. The washing clothes require 4 hours to 2 days’ time for the complete process of washing and drying.

Rate of hospital acquired infections in India is as high as 7%: The developing countries face difficulties in meeting requirements of all the above discussed resources and hence it results in un-hygienic practices at their public facilities. The unhygienic practices are major problem in the hospitals from populated country as India. You meet any labourer or worker and you will their clothes dirty and unhygienic due to a lack of access to resources.

Our solution, 80-WASH is a nearly waterless washing machine completing the one washing and drying cycle in 80 seconds. The machine is commercially available and is disrupting laundries at hospitals, hotels, hostels and salons. It saves an average of 35,000 litre (around 9250 gallons) from a single hospital and has already saved millions of gallons of water to get toxic and dirty.

Based on the patented ISP (immediate supersaturated phase of water) technology, 80-WASH offers an 80 second treatment to clean stains off the towels and linens, disinfect them from germs/bacteria, remove bad odour while consuming just a 160 ml glass of water. The ISP phase of water is researched and invented at Chitkara University, Punjab. The ISP phase is produced at room conditions and translate a drop of water into the powerful burst of steam like phase.

The waterless 80-WASH technology is thus more economical than regular laundry. Using this technology would also save thousands of gallons of water in every household and commercial establishment.

Impact: Annually, an 80-WASH would save 2,500 Million (gallons) of water, 230K (kWh) units of electricity and enhance the fabric life by eight times.

Scaling: 80-WASH is available for commercial usage for the public places such as Hospitals, Hostels and Hotels. The machine has already revolutionized the Indian laundry sector and is ready to disrupt the other part of world for saving millions of gallons of water every day.

Should we reuse the towels or linens without washing it? You would say NO, but salons, hotels/hospitals reuses linens without washing it. Our product 80wash is a nearly waterless-washing machine for clothes and linens. 80wash clean clothes in 80 seconds. It does not require detergent. You need to press single button and wait for 80 seconds to receive clean clothes. 80wash cleans linens with help of our patented and world-first Immediate saturated and powerful (ISP) steam technology. When we piloted it in hospitals, it readies linens in 80 seconds in ICUs and bacteria were killed by 99.98 percent. It saved 100 gallons of water in a day for one small hospital along with cost savings worth $800/day cumulating to million gallons and billion dollars globally. Hence, if you find 80-wash installed at some place, you are 100 percent safe from hygiene issues. The machine is available for B2B installations.

Name – Dr. Nitin Kumar Saluja
Email – nitin.saluja@chitkara.edu.in


Models 80WPC03 (3 litre/cycle), 80WPC07 (7 litre/cycle)
Clothes Weight 7 kg / cycle (80 seconds)
Per hour Capacity 50-70 kgs
Power consumption per cycle 0.07kWh
Supply Voltage 220v 50Hz AC
Power 1000W
Control Soft one touch control
Timer 80 seconds
Safety The equipment shall be bonded to earth effectively in accordance with the I.E.E. Wiring Regulations. Sufficient Safety Interlocks for EMI compliances
Dimensions 520mm(W) x 720mm(H) x 450mm(D)

Current Installations

S. No Location No. of Beneficiaries
1 Physio Planet 1400
2 Kaushal Hospital 550
3 Hayat Salon, Panchkula, Haryana, India 1,500
4 The Park Plaza, Punjab, India 2,100
5. Fabricare Ahmedabad (Commercial laundry service to hospitals and hostels) 10,450

The machine is witnessed by 8,400 patients in different hospitals of India. The survey was conducted on effectiveness of machine in hostels. The observations are mentioned in table 1:

Table 1: Impact created by 80 wash and number of student beneficiaries in AY 2022-23

Experimental Results on Stains and Bacterias

The system is tested on following stubborn stains

  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Coffee and Tea

The prototype was developed and tested in the Chitkara University Central Instrumentation Facility, Chitkara University, Punjab, India, with the E. Coli and Staphylococcus bacteria. After 80 seconds, 99.98% bacteria were denatured.

The results are shown below:

Supporting Doc 2

Testimonials from Renowned Scientists

S.no. Name Affiliation Contact
1 Dr. Deepak Sharma Senior Scientist deepaks@imtech.res.in
2 Dr. Satya Tapas CEO, SciDogma Research Satyatapas.dahp@gmail.com
3 Dr. Gajraj 21st Enviro Solution (A NABL Accredited Laboratory) 21centuryenviro@gmail.com
4 Ms. Deepika Deputy Director Government of Himachal Pradesh India hpcedhimachal@gmail.com

Awards and Recognitions

Video Links

S.No Description of Video Link
1. Introduction Video https://www.youtube.com/shorts/3Ct3GXpynBk
2. Working of 80WASH https://www.instagram.com/reel/CvhcDpkgXWN/?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
3. Machine Working in salon https://youtu.be/fGJECpTELAk

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