Interview: Clean Energy Products: Setting Industry Standards

Tell us a little bit about Exalta India and all the products you make?

One of the most trusted names in the clean energy industry, Exalta India is focused on clean energy solutions for everyday use, offering a wide range of clean energy products in industries such as home appliances, two-wheeled electric vehicles, health technology, agri-tech products, etc. We are a Noida based company that has been incubated in the SIIC (Start-up Incubation and Innovation Center) of the IIT Kanpur. Our home appliances like solar split ACs, window ACs, solar water pumps, water purifiers, freezers and various products to its customers including our world’s first portable LiPON magic inverter with almost double battery backup for urban and rural India.

Our two-wheeled electric vehicles such as e-scooters, e-cycles and e-rickshaws from Exalta India are quiet, have low maintenance costs, no pollution and offer a mileage of 100-130 km per charge with lithium and 70-80 km HP SMF lead Acid batteries. Our first-class e-scooter range contains India’s only LiFePO4 battery (lithium iron phosphate) 60 V batteries made in Germany.

Our medical products include mini ventilators, oxygen concentrators, hydrogenated oxygen therapy devices, chemical-free tunnels, freezers, shoe covers, thermometers, medical gloves, PPE kits, N95 masks, and various other medical devices.

Our agriculture products include AI and IOT tools to give them training and guidance in low cost organic farming, nitrogen irrigation equipment to replace the costly urea based fertilizers on the market that are costly and have other adverse effects as well. Water Chowkidar is an IOT product that help farmers control the exact amount and times of water, check soil moisture, etc. from remote locations, portable solar cold rooms, solar water pumps, heat pumps, drones, etc.

How do you compete with the alternative energy market as solar energy products are getting cheaper and cheaper?

Solar is the cheapest source in the world today and costs less than gas, geothermal, coal or nuclear power. The cost of solar power has dropped over 90 percent in 10 years as part of government efforts over the years and cheaper China imports, but recently solar panel prices have increased 18 percent since early 2021. This will return to normal or be much cheaper as solar product manufacturing in India grows stronger. Energy is still a new market with big players just getting into the market. Exalta India emerged from the equation of international price wars as all of our components are 90% made in India. We believe that only innovation can survive in the market and we strive to create original groundbreaking solutions for people’s lives.

How do you see India’s efforts to counter China’s raw material supply in order to seek independent development from Make in India?

India has an ambitious target of 450 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030 and by that year the government aims to meet half of the country’s electricity needs with renewable energy, which means we must have a strong foundation for growth at that level. Most of the nation has changed its strategy from growth based on China’s cheaper raw material supply to independent development that is also in line with the national anti-China agenda in each sector.

Everyone plans to make the panels and components themselves or look to other countries as part of India’s campaign to break China’s influence on the solar supply chain, and we’re on the same page. The inherent risk is that costs may rise and there may be other consequences when an already mature supply chain is compromised, but when Indian manufacturers leave this comfort zone, people can try different solutions that can ultimately become productive. To achieve better sustainable growth in the long term, we also need to integrate our regional and global value chain.

Off-grid renewable energy options in remote areas have been successful, but how do you see the future?

The limited reach of India’s centralized electrification model can be controlled and enhanced through more localized off-grid solar powered solutions that can access consumers in the most remote regions. For Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities, power is usually supplied in blocks, but in Tier 3 and Tier 4, where there are repeated blackouts, only off-grid systems can be successful. Off-grid solar products are a great option for India’s unreliable centralized power grid for basic power. Many poor households do not even dream of paying for electricity or monthly tariffs. Power distribution companies in most states are pushing hours of power outages every day to the limit. Thus, self-sufficient off-grid electricity in remote areas can lead to both technological and social changes for India.

How do you think India’s transition to electric vehicles can work?

India’s EV market promises to grow to an estimated nearly $ 206 billion (INR 14.42.200 billion) by 2030. The transition to electric vehicles must be a solution to an existing problem. Different states have different problems, for example for a city like Delhi, which is an employment center with alarming pollution rates, electric vehicles will be a suitable solution. Electrifying India’s roads would be beneficial as most Indians fear that their electric vehicles will run out of electricity. Two-wheelers are still in great demand because of their long-term economy and rising gasoline prices. So far, electric scooters have not been well funded, but EMIs will soon be available that will make them more affordable. India has to face the challenges like charging infrastructure, lack of resources etc. with solutions that were developed for India and not follow other nations.

What role does IoT play in renewable energy products?

IoT is an efficient extension that can be used to improve already advanced products in sectors such as health, automation, agriculture and home appliances. It will contribute to better surveillance and reduce manual manipulation of devices. IoT can make things more cost-effective, better distribution systems, efficient network management and intelligent solutions for remote homes. Inclusion IoT can help the idea of ​​a renewable energy product stand out better and give them a complete package that increases the benefits when a consumer chooses clean energy.

What do you think are some of your best products for rural India?

Answer A switch to off-grid solar solutions or grid-connected solar power plants can be a lasting relief for everyone with our revolutionary main product, the LiPON Solar Portable Inverter called “Magic Box Inverter” with almost twice the battery backup than a normal inverter. Solar home appliances like solar air conditioners, solar refrigerators can go a long way for rural India as they help them afford an urban idea of ​​luxury.

For rural agriculture, our new age technology can further support agriculture through better water management, safer fertilizers and cheaper technologies such as portable solar cold rooms, milk freezers, heat pumps, water chowkidar for intelligent irrigation, also with the idea of ​​organic farming. Our oxygen concentrator, which makes oxygen from pure water, has been of great help in remote rural areas where there is no regular supply of oxygen bottles. Our low-maintenance two-wheel electric vehicles have made long-distance mobility cheaper for normal households as well as for industry.

What do you plan to offer the Indian renewable energy market in the future?

We work regularly with SIIC, IIT Kanpur. As an institutional incubator, SIIC is an amazing resource center for newborn entrepreneurs and manufacturers. We believe our Prime Minister’s vision is to turn Indian startups into world famous unicorns. Our goal is to make India’s renewable energy products standard in the industry. We are focused on creating an e-commerce platform for all types of electronic products including ours. Mainly we plan to make hydrogen based products which are considered to be one of the cleanest fuels for the future like hydrogen choola, engines etc.

How has the pandemic affected the manufacturing of clean energy products in India?

The clean energy manufacturing industry in India has faced problems of supply chains, resources and the international market like any other, but the pandemic has helped start its life over while being more environmentally conscious at the same time. It has also given room for the clean energy industry to rebuild part of the rebuilding of the economy. We have mastered all of the challenges of the pandemic through digitization and the much-needed push from the government. This allowed everyone to recover more quickly from the aftermath of the pandemic.

Any suggestions for the future of the manufacturing industry in India?

Aside from the larger raw material, there are smaller resources that are simple and repetitive in each production unit, such as wires, lights, switches, plugs, cables, etc. I believe the government needs to provide a Made in India infrastructure that should be easy to provide these necessities for startups at a base price as it is a heavily overcrowded market. I also believe that the infrastructure for 3D design, 3D printing and manufacturing needs to be improved, which can very well set India on its way to becoming a manufacturing center for the world.

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