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This Hyderabad Based Startup Aims Zero-Carbon Footprint

The company is committed to ethical and humane sourcing of material along with the minimal impact on the environment

Mahesh-GodiBy promoting and adopting environmentally benign technologies in the fastest and safest possible way, Godi India focuses on research and development (R&D), and Giga scale Manufacturing (Indigenous Gigafactory), and recycling of sustainable green energy storage technology. In this domain, GODI is a first-of-its-kind company based in India that is innovating across all verticals of energy storage technology. GODI has India’s largest R&D house with a large team of scientists and engineers, with vast expertise in electrochemistry, material science, thermal engineering, and advanced manufacturing. During an interaction with Nitisha; Mahesh Godi, Founder and CEO, GODI India talks about lithium-ion cells and zero carbon footprint.

Kindly talk about Godi India and its special offerings.

GODI India is an innovative cell manufacturer focusing on research and development (R&D), and Giga scale Manufacturing (Indigenous Gigafactory) and Recycling of sustainable green energy storage technology. GODI India is a signatory to THE CLIMATE PLEDGE and it is determined to accomplish a zero-carbon footprint by promoting and adopting environmentally friendly and complaisant technologies in the fastest and safest possible way. The company is committed to ethical and humane sourcing of material along with the minimal impact on the environment

GODI India has become the first Indian company to manufacture Made-in-India & Made-for-India Lithium-ion cells, which is certified by BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards), tested and qualified by TUV, the third-party testing agency. With this, GODI India can manufacture and sell the cells at par to the standard cells available in the world market.

Recently, GODI India became the first Indian company to get BIS certification for selling lithium-ion cells. Kindly share your thoughts on it.

We achieved a new milestone by getting the prestigious Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification for our 21700 cylindrical NMC811 lithium-ion cells. As per the BIS requirement, the GODI-designed and made-in-India cells were tested and qualified by TUV, the third-party testing agency. With this, GODI India has become the first Indian company to get this certification for lithium-ion cells in India with their home grown technology.

The BIS certificate for our 21700 NMC 811 Li-ion cell is a testament to GODI India’s deep know-how and IP and a significant endorsement of our cell technology. GODI India is innovating in every layer of cell technology. For the first time in the Indian history, NMC811 21700, 3.65V-4.5Ah cylindrical cells were Made-in-India & Made-for-India.

Electric Vehicle penetration in India is expected to become a reality in the near future. As a result, lithium-ion battery based storage solutions will gain prominence and localization of tailor-made cells for Indian conditions will play a vital role, for both automotive and energy storage applications (ESS). As a cell technology player, we would like to be part of this exciting journey.

Recently, GODI India has signed a partnership deal with CSIR-CECRI. Kindly share your agenda behind it.

For the first time in India CSIR-CECRI (Central Electrochemical Research Institute) entered into a public-private partnership by signing a MoA with GODI India to operate and maintain advanced Lithium-ion cells manufacturing facility in Taramani, Chennai.

To date, no company in India has a commercial lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility or technology. We have validation and testing done by TUV (a third-party testing agency) and we are also the first domestic company to be certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). This will be the first cell made in India.

CSIR-CECRI partnership is just a beginning of development of next generation cells for mobility, ESS applications and new R&D projects. GODI India will operate and maintain the facility to manufacture advance Lithium-ion cells and cater to various applications ranging from e-mobility to large scale energy storage systems. This partnership signifies our credibility and testimony of technology strength in Lithium-ion cells manufacturing.

Kindly talk about your upcoming project and future marketing strategies.

We are in talks with states like Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka for setting up manufacturing units at various places. As a country, India will need 500 giga watt hour (Gwh) capacity by 2027 and till now we don’t even have 100 Mwh. We expect the size of the industry to be around $50 billion value by 2027.

We have got enquiries worth around $250 million from Domestic, Europe and North America because everybody is looking for China Plus One options. We are still in talk with many of them and may take another few months to deliver this.

We are following a very conservative and phased approach to manufacture cells with our inhouse technology reaching 25GWh by 2027.

How GODI India define itself differently from others?

GODI India started in Jan 2020, now we have around 30 PhD holders working with us. No Start Up in India have 30 PhD holders working with them within the first 2.5 years of inception of the company.

We do R&D and Manufacturing, Innovate technology that suits to Indian conditions. In short, we develop Tailored Made energy storage for India. We are believers and enablers for this first of kind energy technology in India.

Current cell manufacturing that happens in China, Korea etc., involves age old traditional and toxic manufacturing processes. But Godi, re-invented the cell manufacturing process with GODI’s Aqueous Electrode ProcessingTM and Active Dry CoatingTM technology which are Environment-friendly & Carbon Neutral Process which significantly reduces CO2, CapEx and OpEx.

Kindly throw some light on EV charging industry and its demands in India.

Charging Infra is key to EV adoption in the Country. Government and Industries, play a vital role for EV charging infra. Government must come with a mandate policy that every exiting and new construction of residentials apartments, offices, educational institutes, malls etc., must be equipped with EV charging infra. Industry must work on common EV charging platform that suits for charging any type of EVs.

Please explain the importance of electric vehicles in India. What are the challenges the Indian EV industry is facing and what steps the government should take to resolve it?

India is importing more than USD 120 Billion worth of fossil fuels every year, India is at high risk of energy security. Once in every 100 Years, the transition from fossil fuels to green energy is happening. EV plays a crucial role for this transition.

India will be able to save more than USD 120 Billon per year on account of shifting towards EV which consolidate India’s vision of becoming USD 5 Trillion economy by 2025.

The Indian transport sector is responsible for 13.5% of India’s energy-related CO2 emissions, with road transport accounting for 90%. India’s net zero emissions pledge at COP26 in Glasgow to be net zero by 2070 can be achieved by Electrification of transportation. India don’t have rare earth materials like lithium, Cobalt , Nickel etc., and no material processing to cell manufacturing exist in India. India is 100% depend on imports.

GOI must ease the norms for free trade agreements with countries having surplus rare earth materials and bring in unconditional subsides from material processing to cell manufacturing.

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Nitisha Dubey

I am a Journalist with a post graduate degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. I love reading non-fiction books, exploring different destinations and varieties of cuisines. Biographies and historical movies are few favourites.

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