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Panasonic joins solar plus battery microgrids pilot for India

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:19 -- Hugh Finzel
Panasonic joins solar plus battery microgrids pilot for India

Indian power distributor BSES Yamuna is to partner Panasonic in rolling out pilot solar power microgrids with battery storage at four separate locations in East Delhi.

Each microgrid will comprise 5-7kW of rooftop solar generation and 7-10kWh of lithium-ion battery storage. 

The pilot plants set up at BSES offices in East Delhi reported that, following installation, locations sourced 92% of their power from the microgrid, and only 8% from the grid itself.

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Indian government unveils ‘battery mission’

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 15:28 -- Hugh Finzel
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Indian government has approved a ‘National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage’ that aims to transform mobility in India.

The move will see the introduction of a “sustainable mobility ecosystem” and push ahead with the government’s ‘Make in India’ programme to boost domestic manufacturing”.

Under the initiative— approved by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s (pictured) cabinet— two phased manufacturing programmes (PMPs) will be established and will be valid for five years, up until 2024.

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Investment deal signed for batteries and EVs plant in Andhra Pradesh

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 11:52 -- John Shepherd
J. Krishna Kishore (left) signs the MOU with Urja Global’s director and chief financial officer Avinash Kumar Agarwal.

Indian Renewables developer Urja Global is investing the equivalent of US$28 million to build a combined electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Urja’s has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) to build the facility in one of three shortlisted cities— Anantapur, Nellore, and Chittoor.

The APEDB said the plant will produce “high technology lithium-ion Batteries and EVs for the electric mobility ecosystem”.

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Gravita expands to boost feed lead recycling operations

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

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.

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India bridges gap with batteries

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

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.”

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Tecchren ‘to kick off lithium-ion production in Andhra Pradesh’

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

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.”

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Gravita confirms lead processing expansion in Africa

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Gravita Pb

Indian lead producer and exporter Gravita has confirmed plans to expand its lead-acid battery scrap processing operations overseas with two new facilities in Africa.

Gravita said it has acquired land for a plant in Ghana and “construction activities are in process” with a view to starting operations by March 2019.

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Daramic chief reveals French facility expansion

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:50 -- John Shepherd
Bryan Moorehead

US-based lead-acid separator company Daramic is expanding its facility in France, president Bryan Moorehead has revealed.

The move will “add at least 15% to our capabilities” in the country, Moorehead told BEST Battery Briefing on the sidelines of the 16th European Lead Battery Conference (ELBC) in Vienna.

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Amara Raja plans greenfield expansion for lead-acid

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 08:34 -- John Shepherd
Jayadev Galla

Indian lead-acid battery maker Amara Raja Batteries is to expand production of its automotive ‘four-wheeler battery’ lines from a new manufacturing plant on an undisclosed “greenfield site” in the country.

The company’s board gave the green light to invest the equivalent of nearly US$120 million in the project— which will have an annual production capacity of six-and-a-half million units.

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Exide India ‘collaborating with Furukawa on Bengal battery plants’

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:57 -- John Shepherd
Guatam Chatterjee

India’s Exide Industries is set to expand a production plant in West Bengal in collaboration with Japanese manufacturer Furukawa Battery to supply batteries for bullet trains.

Exide Industries CEO and MD Gautam Chatterjee (pictured) was quoted as telling the Economic Times: “The expansion project will mainly produce high-end nickel-cadmium batteries in technical collaboration with Furukawa.”

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