Welcome AddressMinisterial Address tbc.
Global regulatory updateOverview of policy changes around the world to increase electrification. Which countries should we be looking at and following the lead from? How are regulatory measures around the world affecting the uptake of EV sales, battery cells and raw material demand?
Executive Chairman, Faradion
India’s policies and their influence on battery technologiesIndia is turning to electric vehicles despite lacking both technology and minerals to produce them, risking the spectre of Chinese domination in the process. India lacks the significant investment in cobalt mines globally that China has, in order to acquire the elements needed for lithium-ion batteries. India has recently starting venturing into the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries through a recent policy push from the government. The FAME 2 rules have optimised earlier rules, and the future looks brighter. This session covers an overview of Indian policies and future plans around EVs. How have subsidies changed incentives in the market?
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras
Does India need a strategic pivot towards, or away from, lithium?Several decades ago, India made a strategic choice in developing atomic energy. India had rich reserves of thorium, but not of uranium. Over the decades, India became a global leader of thorium based research. Is now a similar pivot moment for lithium versus other battery technology, such as sodium? Given China’s dominance in supply chain for lithium-ion batteries, should India look at alternatives as it champions new technology, for energy security in its entire value chain. Development of the sodium-ion battery took place alongside with that of the lithium-ion in the 1970s and early 1980s. However, lithium-ion development raced ahead in 1990s and 2000s. Since 2011, research interest in sodium-ion batteries has revived. This session asks the question whether India should champion lithium-ion? It covers an overview of sodium-ion fundamentals and recent changes. Its advantages are assessing cost, safety, energy density and cycling ability, but what are the challenges of demand growth and supply struggles? How do we bring it into the mainstream, especially in India where the market leans towards lithium ion? Should India champion lithium-ion? What end-of-life strategies does India need to put in place for batteries and what is the recycling infrastructure required?
Opportunities for large-scale R&D initiatives in future battery technologiesHow can industry, academic and government work together to focus on R&D for the benefit of India? This session brings together stakeholders from each of these fields to propose a vision for this joint engagement.
Investment Director, Mercia Asset Management
Case studies for new battery technology: Electric bikes, auto sector and telecomsThis session features presentations from leaders in different sectors on how they have used and intend to implement new battery technology.
Founder & CEO, eMotion Motors