Indi Energy’ takes home the first prize for Best Startup in the Energy Sector in the 22nd National Startup Awards.
The National Startup Awards 2022 have declared Indi Energy, a start-up that is India’s first indigenous sodium-ion battery manufacturer, the winner of the “Best Startup” in the ‘Energy Sector’ category. This is a remarkable feat and a well-deserved recognition because this marks a significant chapter in the clean energy race, as Indi Energy’s sodium-ion batteries are a sustainable and cost-efficient alternative to other contemporary energy solutions on the market. In this blog post, we will learn about the National Startup Awards and why Indi Energy’s win is a turning point not only for India but for the world.
What are the National Startup Awards (NSA) 2022?
The National Startup Awards were launched by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) in 2020 with the object of rewarding and recognizing outstanding startups and enablers in the startup ecosystem that are building innovative products and demonstrating measurable social impact.
The National Startup Awards 2022 encompass schemes launched by the Indian Government through innovations and sectors that focus on the mission of an “Atma Nirbhar Bharat.” The energy sector in the National Startup Awards 2022 identifies startups working on aspects of clean energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage, covering the stack of future-proofing our nation’s energy sector needs. Indi Energy’s recognition in this prestigious award highlights our pioneering contributions, and not only are we driving India towards a greener future, but we are taking the world along with us on a more sustainable energy future.
Why did Indi Energy win “Best Startup” in the National Startup Awards 22?
Indi Energy’s sodium-ion batteries have gained traction globally because of what they represent: sustainability, affordability, and safety! Offering a higher energy density than lead-acid batteries, our sodium-ion batteries can store more energy in a smaller space and also have a longer cycle life with rapid charging and discharging. But that’s not all. Indi Energy sodium-ion batteries have a similar energy density to lithium-ion batteries and provide similar performance but at a lower cost, which in itself is a big achievement. Yet the biggest highlight of our sodium-ion batteries is that they take on lithium-ion batteries head-on and are going to put a stop to the environmental havoc caused by lithium mining. And since sourcing sodium is environmentally friendly, along with our anode, BioBlackTM which is one of the world’s highest-performing Hard Carbon made from agricultural and biowaste, a sodium-ion cathode, and a proprietary sodium-ion electrolyte, Sodium-ion batteries are the zenith of sustainability as of now. By being non-flammable, easily recyclable, and having a wide range of applications, we have provided the world with a tangible alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Our vision of empowering the world to become a self-sufficient and sustainable green economy and the steps we have taken to ensure the same with our innovative sodium-ion batteries and their outstanding qualities are the reason we were named the “Best Startup” in the Energy Sector at the National Startup Awards 22.
A special note of thanks to IIT-Roorkee
Our success story is deeply connected to the invaluable support and encouragement we have received from IIT-Roorkee. Their vibrant and innovative ecosystem has played a pivotal role in transforming our startup ideas into reality. With exceptional faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and dedicated schemes for young startups like ours, IIT Roorkee has empowered us to create a meaningful impact in India and around the world. We draw inspiration from IIT Roorkee and TIDES, as they have enabled us to make a significant difference.
We are proud to announce that our pilot plant for sodium-ion batteries is nearing completion, marking a crucial milestone in India’s journey toward becoming a leader in sustainable energy storage solutions. Soon, we will commence mass production of our sodium-ion batteries, solidifying India’s position in the realm of sustainable energy. The National Startup Awards have served as a powerful catalyst, ensuring that Indi Energy becomes a household name when it comes to sustainable energy solutions.
Indi Energy’s triumph at the National Startup Awards 2022 signifies a monumental achievement in our pursuit of sustainable energy solutions. We are revolutionizing the clean energy technology sector and rewriting the rules for a greener future. We invite you to join us and become an active participant rather than a mere spectator. Let us pave the way for others to follow as we collectively strive for a better and more sustainable world.