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Net Zero by Narsi is a series of brief posts by Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi), on decarbonization and climate solutions.
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Climate tech experts explored the future of energy storage, uncovering key insights and strategies that could shape the landscape of this rapidly evolving sector. From policy considerations to technological advancements, the conversation provided a comprehensive view of the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Narasimhan Santhanam, Director, EAI was the moderator for the panel discussion.

The Panel Participants were:

Priya ShahTheia Ventures

Soumalya Mukherjee Tan90

Praneeth Pillarisetti Birds Eye Technologies

Debi Prasad Dash IESA

Here are the highlights and takeaways.

Technology Neutrality in Policy: 

There was a consensus among the panelists that government policies should remain technology-neutral regarding energy storage solutions. This approach allows for flexibility and innovation across various storage technologies without favoring one over the other. It was emphasized that such policies should focus on encouraging the adoption of storage solutions based on their commercial viability and effectiveness rather than prescribing specific technologies.

Role of Multiple Battery Chemistries: 

While lithium-ion batteries are expected to continue dominating the energy storage market, there was recognition of the importance of exploring and utilizing other battery chemistries for niche applications. These alternative chemistries, such as sodium-ion, zinc-based batteries, and vanadium redox flow batteries, may not replace lithium-ion entirely but can find specific applications where they offer advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries.

Need for Large-Scale Investments and Automation: 

Panelists stressed the importance of large-scale investments and automation in battery manufacturing to drive down costs and scale up production. It was highlighted that achieving economies of scale and implementing automation technologies are essential for making energy storage solutions more affordable and widely accessible. Additionally, investing in research and development (R&D) to improve battery performance and durability was deemed crucial for advancing energy storage technologies.

Collaboration in Research and Development: 

Collaboration among industry experts, research institutions, and government agencies was identified as vital for accelerating innovation in the energy storage sector. By pooling resources and expertise, stakeholders can collaborate on R&D initiatives, share knowledge, and address common challenges more effectively. This collaborative approach fosters innovation and enables the development of cutting-edge energy storage solutions that meet the evolving needs of the market.

Overall, the discussion emphasized the importance of fostering an environment conducive to innovation, collaboration, and investment to drive the continued advancement and adoption of energy storage technologies. By embracing technology neutrality, leveraging multiple battery chemistries, investing in large-scale production and automation, and promoting collaboration in R&D, stakeholders can collectively contribute to the growth and sustainability of the energy storage industry.

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About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.

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