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The CLIMAFIX Summit is India’s largest climate startup summit, organized by EAI & Energy Consortium – IIT Madras. Vikram Bakaraju of Pavakah Energy shares his thoughts on Low Carbon Materials at CLIMAFIX Summit 2022, Nov 25 & 26, 2022, at the IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai.

The session was moderated by Narendra Bhandari, Sea Fund

Other panel participants were:

Solomon Jones – Terracarb (Watch their presentation – here)

Sivakumar Muthusamy & Gnanapragasam Singaravel – Ariviya (Watch their presentation – here)

Suthagar S – Arola (Watch their presentation – here)

Abhilash Subramanyam – ReWill  (Watch their presentation – here)

Prasad Gangavkar – LUXSOLI Energy  (Watch their presentation – here

In the pursuit of sustainable energy solutions, innovation takes center stage. Meet Vikram Bakaraju, the visionary founder and CEO of Pavakah Energy, who is leading the charge in revolutionizing clean energy through photovoltaic paint. This blog delves into the journey of Vikram and his team as they introduce a game-changing alternative for clean energy generation.

The Problem:

Traditional solar panels have long been hailed as a beacon of clean energy. However, their widespread adoption faces significant hurdles, primarily due to high manufacturing costs and limited accessibility. Vikram recognized these challenges and set out to develop a solution that would democratize clean energy.

The Solution: Photovoltaic Paint

Enter photovoltaic paint – a transformative innovation poised to disrupt the renewable energy landscape. Unlike conventional solar panels, which require specialized fabrication facilities and rare earth metals, photovoltaic paint offers a simpler, more cost-effective alternative. By coating or spraying surfaces with this innovative paint, any structure can be transformed into a functioning solar panel.


The advantages of photovoltaic paint are manifold:

  1. Cost-Effectiveness: Photovoltaic paint eliminates the need for high capital expenditure associated with traditional solar panels, making clean energy more accessible to a broader demographic.
  2. Sustainability: Unlike conventional solar panels, which pose challenges for recycling, photovoltaic paint offers a sustainable solution that can be easily recycled after its usable lifetime.
  3. Versatility: Photovoltaic paint can be applied to various surfaces, including industrial buildings, residential homes, and even electric vehicle charging stations, catering to diverse energy needs.

Market Opportunity:

The market potential for photovoltaic paint is immense:

  1. Industrial Sector: With millions of factories and warehouses in India alone, targeting industrial establishments presents a significant market opportunity.
  2. SMEs: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) stand to benefit from the affordability and scalability of photovoltaic paint, enhancing their energy efficiency and reducing operational costs.
  3. Residential Sector: Photovoltaic paint offers homeowners a viable clean energy solution, paving the way for sustainable living practices.
  4. EV Charging Stations: The integration of photovoltaic paint into EV charging stations aligns with the burgeoning electric vehicle market, facilitating sustainable transportation infrastructure.

Funding Requirement:

To realize the full potential of photovoltaic paint, Vikram and his team require funding of 75 lakhs. This funding will support the transition from validation to prototype development, paving the way for real-world applications and scalability.


While the concept of photovoltaic paint holds tremendous promise, several challenges must be addressed:

  1. Real-World Conditions: Adapting photovoltaic paint to diverse environmental conditions poses challenges that require rigorous testing and optimization.
  2. Market Penetration: Convincing stakeholders and consumers of the viability and efficacy of photovoltaic paint amidst established alternatives will require strategic marketing and education efforts.
  3. Technical Hurdles: Overcoming technical challenges related to moisture resistance, longevity, and efficiency will be critical to the success of photovoltaic paint.

Innovation is the lifeblood of progress, and photovoltaic paint exemplifies the power of human ingenuity in addressing pressing global challenges. Through relentless dedication and visionary leadership, Vikram and his team are poised to reshape the clean energy landscape, one coat of paint at a time. As they embark on this journey towards a sustainable future, photovoltaic paint stands as a source of hope, illuminating the path towards a greener, more equitable world.

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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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