The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and Lohum Cleantech, one of India’s largest producers of sustainable energy transition materials, have announced a strategic partnership for R&D in sustainability and other core areas.
The projects will help develop technologies for ensuring the safety and longevity of batteries. Lohum Cleantech’s Founder & CEO, Rajat Verma, is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur.
Under the partnership, Prof Kanwar Singh Nalwa from the Department of Sustainable Energy Engineering, IIT Kanpur, will lead the project on advancing Lithium-ion battery testing and techniques for battery raw material quality evaluation.
In addition, Lohum will provide fellowship to select PhD students. It will also support the IITK Motorsports team, which won the Class I electric category of Formula Bharat 2023.
“The partnership with Lohum Cleantech is expected to help us advance the sustainability of Lithium-ion batteries through collective research,” IIT Kanpur director Prof Abhay Karandikar said.
“The collaboration will help us develop innovative and sustainable solutions for the battery industry, which is critical to the growth of EVs in the country,” Verma said.
Both the entities are looking to achieve shared goals of reducing the carbon footprint of EV batteries, and accelerating the energy transition currently underway in India.
The scope of the engagement is expected to grow further as both Lohum and IITK will explore possibilities to collaborate on other big projects, including government projects.
Lohum Cleantech is India’s largest producer of sustainable energy transition materials through recycling, repurposing, and low-carbon refining, and the only integrated battery recycling and reuse company in the world.
Recognised as ‘The Most Innovative Company of the Year 2022’ by The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Lohum is committed to making battery materials last forever.
Lohum’s NEETM™ Lithium-ion battery material recycling and extraction technology yields top-quality materials and produces zero waste.
Its DETX™ battery price index makes it easy to determine accurate prices of battery materials and provides ‘future’ buyback prices. Lohum is slated to prevent over 4 million tonnes of CO2e by 2026.