More than 200 industry leaders gathered at India Energy Storage Alliance’s (IESA) India Energy Storage Week (IESW) to celebrate 3rd World Energy Storage Day in Delhi and Mumbai respectively. From 23rd September to 27th September the week-long activity saw representatives working on Technology, R&D, Policy, and Investment collaborated and shared their thoughts on the future of storage.
Supported by Department of Science & Technology (DST), on 23rd September, India Energy Storage - EV Technology and R&D Forum took place in Delhi. Gopalakrishnan S., Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) inaugurated the session and briefed on How MeitY is promoting all startups in India including energy storage. An MoU was signed between Meity Startup Hub (MSH) and IESA to support the startup ecosystem of the country. Shri Sanjay Bajpai, Head- Technology Missions Division, DST who chaired the session on ‘Vision setting for Indian R&D Ecosystem’ stressed upon the Mission Innovation program and its challenges in climate change. Dr. H Purshottam, CMD, National Research Development Corporation said that there's no lack of funds by the Government to support the startups and this is the best time for the innovation and R&D. Sajid Mubashir, Scientist G, Department of Science & Technology (DST); Arvind Kumar, Group Coordinator & Scientist 'G', R&D in Electronics, MeitY; Dr Tata Narasinga Rao, Scientist G & Associate Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI); Alan Greenshields, Chairman, Innolith AG and others were some of the eminent speakers in the forum.
The inaugural session at 3rd India Energy Storage & EV Policy Forum, 24th September, Delhi focused on ways to make India a global hub for manufacturing of advanced energy storage and EV systems. An insightful presentation was made by Aman Hans, Public-Private Partnership Specialist, NITI Aayog This was followed by panel discussion with Pankaj Batra, Chairman, ETD-52 Committee, BIS, Past Chairman, CEA; Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President, India Energy Storage Alliance; Alan Greenshield, Chairman, Innolith; and Garett Fitzgerald, Manager (India), Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Pankaj Batra chaired the session on Energy Storage System for Stationary Applications for Grid Balancing, RE support, and Energy Access. Saurabh Kumar, MD, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) spoke on EV adoption in India, form factors across 2 wheelers, 3 wheelers and four-wheelers, On Battery swapping and EV charging as part of the IGBC code. The forum brought together senior dignitaries and stakeholders from public and private utilities in the energy domain. The Utility Roundtable focused on energy storage requirements for utilities to manage high integration of renewables & peak management, ancillary services, grid stability, the impact of EVs on utility & the role of utilities in Charging Infra creation. What was also discussed was that charging of electric vehicles should be during the non-peak periods, which can be done through differential Time-of-day tariffs. The pain points from the DISCOMs point of view, as a result of most of the burden of intermittency being borne by DISCOMs, was also elaborately explained by B.B. Mehta, Chief Engineer, State Load Despatch Centre, GETCO.
IESA organized India’s first Investment forum focused on Energy Storage and Electric Vehicle ecosystem in partnership with Haitong Securities on September 25th, 2019 at Taj Santacruz, Mumbai. The event was a grand success with almost 50 investors (including institutional investors, family offices and angel investors) attending the event and gaining a better understanding of this fast-evolving ecosystem through interactions with industry leaders operating in this space. The event covered a wide range of topics from government initiatives as highlighted by Aman Hans, Public-Private Partnership Specialist, Consultant, NITI Aayog, Government of India to business outlook as shared by Anil Gupta, Director, Okaya Power; Rakesh Malhotra, Founder, SAR group and Deepak Thakur, CEO, Energy Storage & Hybrid Solutions, Sterling and Wilson. The global perspective of energy storage applications was shared by Alan Greenshields, Chairman, Innolith and Mr. Jitendra Kulkarni, Vice President - Innovations at SoftBank Energy. In the electric mobility segment, leading players like Exicom and Toyota shared their viewpoints about the industry trajectory and what investors can expect from their investments in this space in the future. Startups such as VFLow Tech Pte Ltd, Statcon Enegiaa Pvt. Ltd, Supriya Charging infra LLP (Chhabi), Estimo Solutions Pvt Ltd, Raptee Motors Pvt Ltd, Cellerite Systems Pvt. Ltd and RangDe presented their pitch to scale their operations. These covered a wide range of applications from battery manufacturing, power electronics, EV infra analytics, electric two-wheeler OEM and charging infrastructure OEM. IESA launched a virtual accelerator program for startups focusing on energy storage and EV sector which will help the selected startups in reaching their goals.
The weeklong activities concluded with 2 days Masterclass on Advanced Storage Technology and Manufacturing Process on 26th and 27th September, Mumbai in association with Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA). This saw more than 30+ participants in the masterclass. The discussion focused on advanced storage technology like lithium Sulphur, batteries for EV applications, manufacturing of components associated with EV and EV market overview and policy aspects from India. A lot of question was raised towards the availability of raw material reserve in India to which the speakers settled that India has enough reserve if other components of battery material can be considered (like Separator, Aluminum foil, Copper foil, etc.) Another important discussion was on should India simultaneously focus on commercialization of the lab-scale product. The Master class ended with a detailed manufacturing process and testing of batteries session. Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) says, “We’re overwhelmed by the response received from the industry during India Energy Storage Week (IESW). I would like to thank the Policymakers, Regulators, Think Tank, National labs, Leadership Council, Members and our Partners for their active contribution. The goal of IESW was to build awareness and realize the importance of energy storage in application areas including EV, renewables, and carbon emission reduction. We look forward to many more celebration on World Energy Storage Day next year worldwide.”
The five-day-long celebration of IESW and the discussions held in the same indicates the importance of storage and the critical role the technology will play in the achievement of India’s energy security. All the discussions held in the sessions stressed about indigenous manufacturing, setting up of appropriate standards, procedures and laying out of proper policies and regulatory frameworks to make storage deployment sustainable over the long run.