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Tata Power and The Rockefeller Foundation launch new firm to deploy 10,000 microgrids in India

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 14:31 -- Paul Crompton

India’s Tata Power and The Rockefeller Foundation have formed a company to deploy 10,000 microgrids through 2026 in a bid to bring clean power to five million homes across India. 

The new company, TP Renewable Microgrid, will scale up microgrid deployment in collaboration with Smart Power India (SPI) and the Institute for Transformative Technologies. 

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Lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries enters India’s e-rickshaw business

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 12:45 -- Paul Crompton

Exide Industries is set to enter India’s e-rickshaw market by launching its first model, branded 'Exide Neo', following the launch of its rickshaw specific E-Ride range of lead batteries. 

The Indian firm says it has used the experience of working with rickshaw OEMs as it developed its tubular and flat plate battery technologies to build the vehicle.

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India plans to build another lithium-ion battery facility after JV sign pact with Gujarat government

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:23 -- Paul Crompton

Plans to build a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in India moved forward this week with a memorandum of understanding to invest INR49 billion ($690 million) signed between a Japanese joint venture and the state government of Gujarat.

Automotive Electronics Power Private Ltd. (AEPPL)— jointly owned by Japanese firms Suzuki Motor (50%), Toshiba (40%) and Denso (10%)— plan to build a lithium-ion battery production facility in Hansalpur, in the state’s Ahmedabad district.

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Aqua Metals granted lead battery recycling patents in India and Indonesia

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 14:45 -- Paul Crompton
Aqua Metals granted lead battery recycling patents in India and Indonesia

Lead-acid battery recycling firm Aqua Metals has been granted patents in both India and Indonesia in a move that could pave the way for the rollout of its technology into those countries.

The patents are ‘critical’ to allowing the US firm to license its technologies, which include the AquaRefinery system.

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Monitoring is the answer to India’s informal recycling industry

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:37 -- Paul Crompton

Solving India’s informal lead-acid battery recycling industry, which saw 1.2 million tonnes of batteries enter its market during 2017-18, is a ‘simple case of monitoring the industry’.

The rise in informal recyclers has grown since power was moved from the regulatory body in New Dehli to the individual states in 2010, L. Pugazhenthy, executive director at India Lead Zinc Development Association, told BEST Battery Briefing on the sidelines of the 18ABC in Bali, Indonesia, last week.

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Indian Oil plans to use indigenous battery materials for new cell making plant

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 09:57 -- Paul Crompton
Indian Oil’s chairman Sanjiv Singh

The state-owned Indian Oil Corporation and an unnamed ‘foreign’ start-up are reportedly set to build an electric vehicle battery plant in India using domestically-available, “non-lithium raw material”.

Indian Oil’s chairman Sanjiv Singh (pictured) told the country’s media the plant would have a production capacity of 1GW, but did not name the overseas partner.

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Bleak report indicates India’s apathy toward rogue Pb-A recycling

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:07 -- Paul Crompton
Bleak report indicates India’s apathy toward rogue Pb-A recycling

Informal recyclers in India processed more than a million tonnes of scrap lead-acid batteries as they continue to flout environmental rules governing the disposal of used batteries, an India-based think tank has reported. 

Environmental research organisation Toxics Link reported that 90% of the 12lakh (1.2 million) tonnes of batteries that entered the country’s recycling industry during 2017-18 were processed in informal recycling units.

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Auto firms asked for ideas to tackle India’s EV battery waste

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:13 -- John Shepherd
Auto firms asked for ideas to tackle India’s EV battery waste

India has called on auto industry bosses to help tackle battery waste and come up with proposals to recycle more of the raw materials needed for electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

Heavy industries minister Arvind Ganpat Sawant told a business leaders conference on electric mobility that while the government is subsidising the introduction of EVs, more R&D was needed into reducing the cost of metals and chemicals used to manufacture batteries.

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Exide Industries’ India EV battery plant nears start-up

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 12:52 -- Paul Crompton
Exide Industries’ India EV battery plant nears start-up

India’s biggest lead-acid battery maker, Exide Industries, will start producing lithium-ion cells from a new plant in Gujarat, India, by the close of this year. 

The capacity of the plant is yet to be disclosed but it will produce cells exclusively for the domestic market, with the plant’s capacity being scaled up as demand for the firm’s products pick up, an Exide spokesman told BEST Battery Briefing.

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Lead-acid firm Amara Raja eyes India’s ‘billion dollar’ Li-ion market

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 09:54 -- Paul Crompton
Lead-acid firm Amara Raja eyes India’s ‘billion dollar’ Li-ion market

India’s Amara Raja has said supplying lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles represents a multi-billion-dollar “sunrise space” to expand business in the country, while keeping its focus on lead-acid.

The company said India’s government-backed push for 40% of all private vehicle sales to be EVs by 2030 “is a US$42 billion opportunity” for lithium battery sales within that period.

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