Technology developed by India’s state-owned Indian Oil Corporation to “increase the lifetime” of lead-acid batteries could be licensed to battery makers, the corporation’s director of research and development has revealed.
“We have developed a new nano material, which when used in a lead-acid battery in fixed proportion, increases the life of the battery by 30% and cuts charging time by 40%,” SSV Ramakumar said.
Ramakumar told The Economic Times of India the corporation is “now exploring ways to take (the technology) to market”, “All options are open to us. We can set up our own manufacturing or we can join hands with some leading battery manufacturer in the country.”
Bolivia and India are working on plans to set up a lithium supply chain between the countries to serve joint venture battery production plants.
Lithium carbonate originating in Bolivia would be delivered to the battery/cell manufacturing facilities in India, according to an agreement signed by Indian president Ram Nath Kovind (pictured left) during a state visit to Bolivia.
Under the terms of the deal, both sides “agreed to facilitate mechanisms for the commercialisation of lithium carbonate and potassium chloride produced in Bolivia by the state-owned exploration and refining firm Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos Corporación (YLB).”
Each microgrid will comprise 5-7kW of rooftop solar generation and 7-10kWh of lithium-ion battery storage.
Indian lead producer and exporter Gravita has revealed proposals to open nine new lead battery scrap sourcing centres in Africa— to feed its expanding recycling operations on the continent and boost the group’s bottom line.
The move comes just weeks after Gravita said it was expanding its lead-acid battery scrap processing operations overseas with two new facilities in Africa— in Ghana and Tanzania.
Gravita has now received relevant licences to run both African facilities, which are expected to start up this month.
India’s first grid-scale battery-based energy storage system has been inaugurated in Rohini, Delhi, as the country looks to integrate the 225GW of renewable energy generation it intends to install by 2022.
The 10MW/10MWh lithium-ion system is jointly owned by AES Energy Storage and Mitsubishi, and located at a Rohini substation operate by Tata Power.
The system will provide “grid stabilisation, better peak load management, add system flexibility, enhance reliability, and protect critical facilities for 2 million consumers.”
Tecchren Batteries has reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) to establish a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Andhra Pradesh, southeast India.
According to The Times of India, US-based Tecchren has formed an Indian subsidiary company, Tecchren Batteries Private Limited, which will conduct the establishment of the 200MW Lithium Ferro Phosphate battery manufacturing facility in Sri City.
J Krishna Krishore, CEO of APEDB, told the paper: “This MoU is a step in the right direction as electronics is a priority sector for the government of Andhra Pradesh and India grows to be one of the largest electronics manufacturing hubs.”