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The CLIMAFIX Summit is India’s largest climate startup summit, organized by EAI & Energy Consortium – IIT Madras. Ajinkya WaradpandeSocial Alpha shares his thoughts on Renewable Energy at CLIMAFIX Summit 2022, Nov 25 & 26, 2022, at the IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai.

Other panel participants were:

Shreenivasan OJX2 Fuels & Energy (Watch their presentation – here)

Praneeth PillarisettiBirds Eye Energy  (Watch their presentation – here)

Bangolae Lakshmikanth Balaji RenKube (Watch their presentation – here

Shubham KumarFlash Energy Solutions  (Watch their presentation – here

C Praneeth SugandhAbhyudaya (Watch their presentation – here

Artur Zawadski, Deepak GadhiaSunrise CSP  (Watch their presentation – here

Empowering Change through Innovation

In the Climafix Summit 2022 focused on the future of renewable energy, Ajinkya, representing Social Alpha, assumed the role of captain, guiding attendees through a vibrant discussion on the crucial intersection of innovation and sustainability. With a wealth of experience as a portfolio manager in the sustainability and climate team at Social Alpha, Ajinkya brought insightful perspectives to the table.

Unveiling the Potential of Social Alpha

Social Alpha, an innovation curation and venture development platform, stands at the forefront of fostering deep science and technology startups dedicated to addressing pressing social and environmental challenges. Through a comprehensive lab-to-market approach, including product development labs, accelerator programs, market access support, and seed funding initiatives, Social Alpha empowers entrepreneurs to drive impactful change.

Energizing the Discussion on Renewable Energy

During the session, Ajinkya underscored the pivotal role of energy in the global quest for decarbonization and climate action. He emphasized three key pillars: affordability, accessibility, and reliability. Despite significant strides in renewable energy adoption, challenges persist, particularly in regions like India, where affordability and accessibility remain paramount concerns.

Overcoming Challenges in Renewable Energy Adoption

One major hurdle highlighted was the high upfront costs associated with solar rooftop installations, hindering their widespread adoption, especially in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. This barrier underscores the need for innovative solutions that can drive down costs while ensuring scalability and accessibility.

Redefining Energy Security with Innovative Solutions

Moreover, the dependence on lithium imports for battery technology presents another critical challenge. Ajinkya pointed out the importance of developing new-age batteries that can reduce reliance on imports, thereby enhancing energy security and promoting local supply chains.

Showcasing Innovation in Action

Throughout the session, attendees were treated to a diverse range of innovative solutions presented by startups, spanning from renewables to fuels to concentrated solar technologies. These presentations underscored the breadth of possibilities within the renewable energy landscape and showcased the potential for game-changing innovations to address deep-rooted challenges.

Charting the Course for Sustainable Innovation

In conclusion, Ajinkya reiterated the importance of fostering a conducive ecosystem for sustainable innovation. By nurturing startups and empowering them with the necessary support and resources, we can catalyze transformative change in the energy sector. The path to a sustainable future is paved with innovation, and sessions like these serve as vital forums for collaboration, learning, and inspiration. As we continue to navigate the complexities of the energy transition, let us remain committed to driving forward the renewable energy revolution, one innovative solution at a time.

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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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