IIT Kanpur Incubated Offgrid Energy labs gets funding from Shell, others

IIT Kanpur Incubated Offgrid Energy labs gets funding from Shell, others

Offgrid Energy Labs, a deep science, Intellectual Property led global innovator has unveiled its first innovation – rechargeable zinc-based battery (ZincGel®). Backed by investors including Shell Ventures, Ankur Capital, and APVC Singapore, Offgrid Energy Labs aims to disrupt the global energy storage market through new materials and design for stationary batteries.

 According to the firm, growing demand for sustainable energy storage has highlighted three key problems with current battery technologies: imbalanced performance, environmental impact, and high prices that are commercially unviable. Offgrid Energy Labs is reimagining these by incorporating unique design, using commonly available recyclable materials, and driving efficient performance through a modular battery technology platform, ZincGel®. Targeting not just the stationary storage market segment, Offgrid Energy Labs’ ZincGel® technology provides modular solutions for low powered mobility applications as well.

With over 15 patents, design and trademarks for its innovation, ZincGel® battery-tech with breakthrough science, aims to outperform conventional energy storage batteries in terms of power density, battery-life, and cost efficiency. Offgrid Energy Labs innovations are accelerating the shift towards democratized, sustainable, safer and efficient energy storage solutions. The company primarily focuses on renewables energy storage, microgrids, electric vehicle charging and grid applications in utilities.

Offgrid Energy labs claims that ZincGel Battery technology has energy efficiency at par with lithium-ion battery with twice the life cycle and negligible operational cost – thereby saving up to 30% cost for energy storage projects.

Offgrid Energy Labs was founded in 2018 by four clean-energy enthusiasts – Tejas Kusurkar, Brindan Tulachan, Rishi Srivastava and Ankur Agarwal. Innovating on core chemistry with Zinc (one of the oldest materials used since the 1800s for batteries) is a vital outcome in the science of energy storage. The founding team believes ZincGel® technology is a credible alternate to lithium-ion technology in most stationary and low powered mobility applications.

Tejas Kusurkar, Co-Founder and CEO

This is a significant milestone for us. We have designed ZincGel® as a modular platform that can be tweaked basis application requirements. With the ability to prioritize between charging speed, temperature stability and energy density, our innovation is focused on addressing a wide variety of stationary & low powered mobility applications, said Tejas Kusurkar, Co-founder & CEO, Offgrid Energy Labs.

We are here to transform the narrative from Lithium-Ion battery packs to sustainable battery storage serving both the stationary as well as mobility applications. Demand for batteries is set to skyrocket soon not just in India, but across the globe. What differentiates ZincGel® technology is innovative chemistry, design and democratized materials. We look forward to announcing further strategic pilots that solve vexing problems in the energy storage space, said Rishi Srivastava, Co-founder, Offgrid Energy Labs.

With successful pilot runs for its prototype, Offgrid Energy Labs plans to commercially launch ZincGel® products in 18 months. Deploying non-toxic materials that are globally available in abundance, ZincGel® battery technology ensure its faster adoption in energy storage. The company has envisaged two major sources of revenue- through licensing the battery technology and by use of its novel electrolyte by existing battery manufactures.

Offgrid Energy Labs relies heavily on building partnerships to take ZincGel® products to market and is also evaluating manufacturers for their products in India and around the world.

offgrid Energy Labs Team

Founders With Supporters

"Want to be featured here or have news to share? Write to info[at]saurenergy.com

Prasanna Singh

Prasanna has been a media professional for over 20 years. He is the Group Editor of Saur Energy International