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The climate innovation partners session held as a part of the CLIMAFIX summit 2023 provided an opportunity for many climate tech ecosystem stakeholders to encourage with IITM innovation ecosystem. The session delved into the potential synergies between academia, industry, and government bodies in fostering innovation, implementing solutions, and building capacity in areas such as clean energy, water management, soil restoration, and more.

The Panel Participants were:

Nikhil Tambe – Energy Consortium, IIT Madras

Satyanarayanan Seshadri – Energy Consortium, IIT Madras

Indumathi Nambi – Carbon Zero Challenge, IIT Madras

Key Highlights:

  • Collaboration Models:
    • The session underscored the importance of collaborative models between academia, industry, and government bodies to tackle environmental issues effectively.
    • IIT Madras showcased initiatives like the Carbon Zero Challenge, Energy Consortium, and collaborations with industry partners as examples of successful partnership models.
  • Industry-Academia Collaboration:
    • Speakers discussed the role of IIT Madras in facilitating industry-academia collaboration, particularly in providing expert insights, technology access, and collaborative research opportunities.
    • The discussion emphasized the need for skill-building programs and capacity-building initiatives to equip students and professionals with the necessary expertise in sustainability and environmental management.
  • Focus Areas:
    • Several focus areas were identified, including soil and water restoration, renewable energy, waste management, and climate resilience.
    • Collaborative efforts in these areas aim to leverage interdisciplinary expertise, innovative technologies, and policy interventions to drive positive environmental outcomes.
  • Specific Initiatives:
    • Speakers highlighted ongoing initiatives such as soil restoration projects, water management programs, and clean energy solutions developed in collaboration with industry partners.
    • The Carbon Zero Challenge, an innovation competition aimed at nurturing sustainable startups and student-led ventures, was highlighted as a flagship initiative driving impactful solutions in the sustainability space.
  • Capacity Building:
    • The session emphasized the importance of capacity building, particularly in terms of skill development and training in sustainability standards, international reporting frameworks, and emerging technologies.
    • Stakeholders discussed the need for internships and hands-on experiences with climate tech startups to prepare students for careers in the sustainability sector.

The partnership session served as a platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas, identify collaboration opportunities, and chart a path towards collective action in addressing environmental challenges. By leveraging the expertise of academia, the innovation of startups, and the resources of industry partners, IIT Madras aims to drive meaningful impact in sustainability and contribute to a more resilient and sustainable future.

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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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