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Our Bureau | Updated on: Dec 04, 2018

Switzerland to explore business possibilities in India during Cleantech Week

Switzerland is all set to showcase its clean energy expertise as part of Cleantech Week 2018 to be held in Bengaluru, Pune and Mumbai, from December 10. Around 20 corporates and start-ups will be visiting the country to share expertise in the area, identify gaps that exist and figure out how Swiss companies can help to bridge these.

Facilitated by Swissnex India, the delegation will be headed by Philippe Muller of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, along with academics, clean energy experts and enterprises working in the fields of energy storage, photovoltaics, energy efficiency and green mobility.

On the agenda are discussions, knowledge-sharing sessions, B2B discussions and one-to-one meetings with industry players. The Swiss companies hope to build a rapport with their Indian counterparts and, in the long run, forge a network through which joint ventures and collaborations can take place.

The line-up

A look at some of the delegates from Switzerland who will be here next week and what their interests are in India:

Remo Ritzmanm from RINO Electronics AG is associated with Karunakarya, a voluntary organisation in India since 2008. While in this country, he noticed a profusion of used lead acid batteries from cars, trucks and UPS systems. He decided to try and put them in racks for solar-energy storage. This led him to build a product called ‘patchwork energy storage’ which is capable of using big, small, old and new lead acid batteries for energy storage in buildings (this even works with new lithium batteries).

He now plans to build a recycling point at Karunakarya in Eraiyur, Tamil Nadu. He hopes the Cleantech Week will help him hook up with different suppliers and distribution channels.

Dr Alejandro Santis heads projects at the BFH-Energy Storage Research Centre. His research is in the area of electrochemical energy storage solutions for stationary and mobile applications. He has been working on photovoltaics, energy storage, fuel cells and hydrocarbon fuels and hopes to explore R&D project opportunities in India.

Dr Sylvain Lemofouet is co-founder and CEO of Enairys Powertech Ltd, a start-up of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). He develops clean energy storage and management solutions based on compressed air and hopes that the India visit will help him find investors for his products and strategic partners to produce and market the products here.

David Lambelet is co-founder and CEO of Hylite Power. The company develops innovative energy solutions for off-grid areas in emerging countries as well as energy educational kits for schools. He looks forward to network for a potential partner here.

Dr Martin Ebner is CEO and President of Battrion. The company works closely with the Laboratory for Nanoelectronics at ETH, Zurich, and markets innovative fabrication technologies for lithium ion batteries aimed at increasing the charging speed of high energy density cells. It is looking to identify Indian partners interested in adopting Battrion aligned graphite technology and joint battery development.

Dr Pankaj Agarwal is CEO and Founder of Panitek Power AG. His recent ventures combine innovative business models with solar PV, wind energy, energy storage and smart grids to deliver Smart Energy and e-mobility. He is here to explore business possibilities. Compiled by Preeti Mehra

Published on December 04, 2018
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