IIT Kanpur and Lohum tie up for academic R&D partnership to advance sustainability of Lithium-ion batteries

May 4, 2023
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April 4, 2023:The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and Lohum Cleantech have announced a strategic partnership for research and development (R&D) collaboration in sustainability and other core areas. The partnership aims to advance Lithium-ion battery testing technology and techniques for battery raw material quality evaluation. Professor Kanwar Singh Nalwa from the Department of Sustainable Energy Engineering at IIT Kanpur will lead the team working with Lohum on these projects. The collaboration will focus on developing technologies to ensure the safety and longevity of batteries.

In addition to the research collaboration, Lohum will provide fellowships to select Ph.D. students from IIT Kanpur to support their research. Lohum will also extend its support to the IITK Motorsports team, which recently won the Class I electric category of Formula Bharat 2023.

Rajat Verma, the Founder and CEO of Lohum Cleantech, is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur. He visited his alma mater to meet with key personnel, including IIT Kanpur's Deputy Director Prof. S. Ganesh, Dean of R&D Prof. A.R. Harish, and Dean of Resources & Alumni Prof. Kantesh Balani, to discuss collaboration avenues and future steps.

The partnership between IIT Kanpur and Lohum Cleantech aims to advance the sustainability of Lithium-ion batteries through joint research and development initiatives. It aligns with IIT Kanpur's commitment to creating an R&D ecosystem focused on a sustainable future. The collaboration also highlights the importance of academia-industry partnerships in achieving shared goals.

Rajat Verma, CEO of Lohum Cleantech, expressed delight in collaborating with IIT Kanpur, recognizing it as one of the leading institutions in the country in the field of engineering and technology. The collaboration aims to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for the battery industry, which is crucial for the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) in India.

Professor Kanwar Singh Nalwa emphasized that the collaboration promotes sustainable energy and circular economy in India while strengthening the ecosystem of industry-academia partnerships supported by the Government of India.

Both IIT Kanpur and Lohum Cleantech share the goals of reducing the carbon footprint of EV batteries and accelerating the ongoing energy transition in India through their partnership. They also intend to explore further collaborations, including government projects, to expand the scope of their engagement.

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