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New and Emerging Energy Storage Technologies (NEST) Program (India)

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The New and Emerging Energy Storage Technologies (NEST) Program, funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, aims to foster the development of new and emerging energy storage technologies that are innovative, sustainable, and aligned with India’s energy transition goals. Through this funding opportunity, DST seeks to support research and development efforts that lead to the creation of scalable, indigenous, and economically viable energy storage solutions.

Focus Areas and Areas of Interest:

  1. Development of New Cell Components:
    • Cathode:
      • Preferably manganese, ferrous, nickel, or vanadium-based.
      • High voltage efficiencies and resistance to dissolution in electrolytes.
      • Contribution to higher energy and power density.
      • Prefer mineral resources available within India.
      • Stable performance in corrosive environments and Indian climatic conditions.
    • Anode:
      • Silicon, silicon composites, carbon, or advanced technologies like borophene.
      • High voltage efficiencies and resistance to dissolution in electrolytes.
      • Stable performance in corrosive environments and Indian climatic conditions.
    • Electrolyte:
      • Solvents, salts, and additives preventing side reactions.
      • Utilization of low or non-flammable liquid components.
    • Membrane/Separator:
      • Electrochemically, chemically, and mechanically stable material.
      • High ionic conductivity and selectivity.
      • Minimization of self-discharge and enhancement of columbic efficiency.
  2. Development of New Cell Chemistries:
    • Lithium-Sulfur, solid-state lithium-ion, sodium-sulfur, sodium-ion, lithium-ion, and metal-air/oxygen.
    • Compatibility for both mobile and stationary applications.
    • Possibility of indigenization.
    • Non-exhaustive list of chemistries.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Researchers, scientists, engineers, technologists, and entrepreneurs from universities, academic institutions, R&D organizations, laboratories, start-ups, and industries are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must demonstrate expertise and experience in relevant fields such as materials science, electrochemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and technology development.
  • Collaborative proposals involving interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Budget and Duration:

  • Phase I:
    • Budget: INR 2 Crore
    • Duration: 2 years
  • Phase II:
    • Budget: INR 3 Crore
    • Duration: 3 years

Applications close on June 7, 2024.

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