Log9 Materials, a cutting-edge technology and advanced battery technology startup based in Bengaluru, has entered into a three-year agreement to work in collaboration and mutual benefit with the Center for Automotive Research and Tribology ( CART), Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi (IIT-D) to work towards multi-pronged goals such as promoting cutting-edge research and development (R&D) in the fields of advanced battery development and energy storage solutions, including batteries for electric vehicles; provide industrial training for engineering, technology and science students; and solving the need to create a large pool of highly skilled manpower in all fields related to electric vehicles and energy storage solutions in India.
The collaboration between Log9 and CART, IIT-Delhi has been established and finalized through an Umbrella MoU, which was recently signed between Delhi Science and Technology (S&T) Cluster run by DRIIV Foundation and Log9 Materials Scientific Private Limited; Under this MOU, DRIIV (Delhi Research Implementation and Innovation) – an initiative of the Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser, Government of India – has agreed to facilitate the planned long-term collaboration between CART and Log9, who will work together on multiple academic and industrial projects in the months and years to come.
This Umbrella MoU aims to encourage quality and effective interactions between Log9 engineers, scientists and professionals with research fellows, faculty members and students of CART, IIT-Delhi through various types of arrangements (proposed) – such as sponsored research programs, industrial training to CART students, sharing of R&D facilities and equipment to foster academic and research interaction in the fields of cooperation on a pay-as-you-go basis, etc. Additionally, by leveraging this agreement and partnership with CART, Log9 will seek to demonstrate and generate wider visibility and reach for its flagship technologies, products and/or solutions, particularly in and around the Delhi NCT. .
Speaking at the signing of the MOU, Dr. Akshay Singhal, Founder and CEO of Log9 Materials, said, “We are proud to announce the strategic collaboration with such a prestigious player as IIT’s CART- Delhi, which is facilitated and enabled with the active support of DRIIV. With the rapid growth of electric mobility and energy sectors in India over the past few years, there has been an urgent need for industry-academia partnerships to promote innovation, research and talent in these sectors. . And we are certain that this forward-looking agreement will not only solve these problems, but will also go beyond to provide groundbreaking research and solutions and, therefore, a much-needed global boost to electric vehicle ecosystems and energy storage in our country. Furthermore, the implementation of this MoU can go a long way in realizing India’s “Atmanirbharta” i.e. self-sufficiency in terms of electric vehicles by fostering local innovations. in large scale. At Log9, we look forward to working on a number of academic, research-related, and other types of industry-enabling projects with key CART stakeholders in the near future, and we also plan to replicate this model with other reputable industry institutions and organizations. as well as.
Prof. BK Panigrahi, Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT-Delhi, Head of CART and Senior Leader of the Electric Mobility Cluster at DRIIV, says, “This is indeed a great opportunity for us to collaborate on various fronts. research with Log9 Materials. I look forward to the implementation of various research projects by the faculty of IIT Delhi, as well as training and internship opportunities for students and researchers to make this collaboration productive. .
Shipra Mishra, CEO of DRIIV, adds: “This partnership is a perfect example of industry-university collaboration to develop and commercialize more efficient, longer lasting and less expensive electric vehicle batteries and charging infrastructure, tailor-made for Indian conditions. We hope that our joint efforts will bring us closer to realizing the dream of mainstreaming electric vehicles in India.
Notably, the Center for Automotive Tribology and Research (CART) at IIT-Delhi was established in 2019 with the vision of promoting interdisciplinary research in the field of electric vehicles, energy storage and other fields. related and relevant. The Center envisions strong networking and collaboration between various universities, industries and research laboratories in India and abroad to conduct cutting-edge scientific research. On the other hand, Log9 is an indigenous startup that has been working with dedication and using its material science skills to develop advanced and climate-friendly energy storage solutions for the electric vehicle sector for more than three years now. The startup – which was initially incubated and backed by IIT-Roorkee’s TIDES – has worked over the years with IIT-Bombay, IISC-Bangalore and other notable renowned organizations through various projects or initiatives.
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