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Indi Vitality bets on locally-developed sodium-ion battery know-how to win EV race

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‘Batteries are developed utilizing agro-waste equivalent to rice straw and cattle manure’

‘Batteries are developed utilizing agro-waste equivalent to rice straw and cattle manure’

Indi Vitality, a start-up engaged on battery know-how, mentioned its indigenously developed Sodium-ion batteries are the reply to curbing the instances of fireplace accidents involving electrical automobiles (EVs) within the nation.

“We imagine in a sustainable tomorrow and with this imaginative and prescient, now we have developed our merchandise to grow to be India’s first firm to fabricate sodium-ion batteries,” mentioned Bhabani Mohanty, board member, Indi Vitality.

“What makes our innovation distinctive is that our batteries are developed with agro-waste like rice straw and cattle manure. This helps in indigenously creating low price, secure and high-performance sodium-ion battery know-how. And to speed up this course of, now we have arrange a tough carbon pilot plant on IIT Roorkee premises,” he added.

Mumbai Angels has invested within the firm which was began by 4 IITians from Roorkee in 2019.

“Our sodium-ion batteries provide higher efficiency and might function at a wider temperature vary. They work far more effectively in chilly environments, are non-flammable and there’s no thermal runaway, in comparison with lithium-ion batteries,” Mr. Mohanty mentioned.

He mentioned the corporate’s batteries are developed utilizing domestically accessible bio-wastes equivalent to rice straw, cattle manure and earth-abundant supplies like sodium that ship related efficiency as in comparison with import-dependent and costly lithium-ion batteries at a decrease price.

“As these batteries are from bio-mass/bio-waste and earth-abundant supplies, we now not have to import from international locations like China or others for high-performance batteries or battery supplies,” he mentioned.

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He mentioned Indi Vitality’s sodium-ion batteries additionally ship 3-4 occasions extra vitality density and cyclability than at the moment commercialised poor performing, poisonous and heavy lead-acid batteries at related prices.

He claimed at the moment, no firm in India manufactures sodium-ion cells as a result of a scarcity of viable know-how which provides the corporate an enormous aggressive edge.

Commenting on the latest incidents of fireplace involving EVs he mentioned, “Lithium-ion battery issues of safety have obtained huge press protection not too long ago as a result of the potential of fireplace and explosion, if not dealt with responsibly. We use safer electrolytes that cut back the hearth threat in EV batteries.”

“Due to this fact, our batteries are much less prone to expertise most of these failures as a result of their safer chemistry. And as these are made utilizing agro-waste, they don’t require cobalt, which is a poisonous steel in small doses and might trigger respiratory issues in giant kind over time if inhaled or absorbed via the pores and skin,” he added.

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