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India’s EV carmakers to set up battery factories?

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 09:53 -- Xuan Zhong
India’s EV carmakers to set up battery factories?

The Indian government is considering incentivising domestic carmakers to set up their own lithium-ion battery plants in the country. The idea is to lower the cost of electric vehicles in India and make local cars more competitive.

It’s part of India’s plans to push the sales and production of electric vehicles in the country through schemes such as FAME-India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (hybrid &) Electric vehicles in India).

 

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EV business hots up in India

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:52 -- Xuan Zhong
EV business hots up in India

The indications that the electric vehicle (EV) and alterative vehicle markets are hotting up in Asia comes with the announcement that Suzuki Motors has agreed to establish a joint venture with Toshiba and Denso to produce lithium-ion batteries in India.

The new company, which will have an initial capital of JPY 2 billion ($18.3 million), will be 50% owned by Suzuki, 40% by Toshiba and 10% by Denso - Japan's leading automotive components manufacturers.

 

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ISRO’s Li-ion batteries for privatisation?

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:24 -- Xuan Zhong
ISRO’s Li-ion batteries for privatisation?

The Indian Government is planning to transfer a lithium-ion technology developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre into the private sector.

The authority’s decision was made after the Automotive Research Association of India’s (ARAI) successful test on the lithium-ion batteries, which are expected to fulfill the country’s electric vehicle ambitions.

 

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Indian electric utility eyes on batteries in EVs

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong
Indian electric utility eyes on batteries in EVs

The stated-owned Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) is evaluating charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs), having been given the responsibility of developing so called green energy transmission corridors for the country, reports the Hindustan Times.

"We are looking at three different battery technologies—advanced lead acid, lithium -ion and flow technologies and how they behave in the Indian environment, along with the economics. We are technology agnostic. It can be another business area," said an unnamed source from PGCIL.

 
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Lithium and sulfur combined in new anode material

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:29 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium and sulfur combined in new anode material

Researchers in India have combined two chemistries to boost the capacity retention of an anode material in lithium-ion batteries.

The team from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras combined the lithium ion insertion reaction from lithium-ion batteries and the sulfur redox reaction from lithium-sulfur batteries to increase the battery’s overall capacity.

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Separator firm opens PE manufacturing facility in India

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:53 -- Xuan Zhong
Separator firm opens PE manufacturing facility in India

US-based lead-acid separator firm company Daramic is to open its first end-to-end polyethylene (PE) manufacturing facility in India.

The company has completed the first phase of the new facility in Gujarat, India, with plans to start manufacturing at the plant in Q2 of 2017.

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New plant to produce India’s best ever lead-acid battery

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 14:14 -- Paul Crompton
New plant to produce India’s best ever lead-acid battery

Indian firm Exide Industries aims to produce the country’s most technically advanced lead-acid battery to date at its new state-of-the-art automotive battery making facility.

The INR 7,000million ($100 million) unit in West Bengal will use punched grid technology, rather than expanded metal technology, to manufacture Exide’s new range of automotive batteries.

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Robots curry favour for Indian lead-acid firm

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:11 -- Paul Crompton
Robots curry favour for Indian lead-acid firm

India lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries is set to introduce more robots to its manufacturing plants in a bid to improve quality control.

The first stage of the transformation from human to robot workers will be completed by the fourth quarter of this year using technology from US lead-acid company East Penn Manufacturing

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India begins lithium-ion battery production while developing flow battery technology

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 14:55 -- Paul Crompton
India begins lithium-ion battery production while developing flow battery technology

India’s first lithium-ion production facility is set to open as the country continues to embrace the technology for everything from grid-scale storage to e-mobility applications.

The Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) facility is to start production in two months in Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu, reports Indian newswire IANS.

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India inches closer to battery acceptance

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 11:18 -- Paul Crompton
India inches closer to battery acceptance

India is slowly positioning itself to embrace battery technology, and in a country with boundless potential for renewable energy generation why wouldn’t they?

The latest development saw Swiss multinational corporation ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian Institute of Technology - Madras (IIT-M) to research and develop micro-grids.

The MoU includes joint research and development in the field of rural electrification, battery energy storage and their connection to loads and main grid.

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said: “Microgrid technology is an important part of our next level strategy and well poised to make the Indian government's vision of power to all a reality by providing access to energy and ensuing economic empowerment to the people."

The development comes after Spiesshofer met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk about industrial energy efficiency, microgrids and e-mobility

Modi has also held talks with Tesla’s head honcho Elon Musk

Spiesshofer  and Modi are said to have focused on how ABB could support the government’s renewable energy initiatives and help to encourage public acceptance of renewables.

“The discussion with Prime Minister Modi was very fruitful,” Spiesshofer said.

“Prime Minister Modi is especially interested in electric mobility for India’s millions of auto-rickshaws and on the day of our meeting inaugurated a new service for e-rickshaws, as part of the ‘Stand-up India’ initiative to encourage entrepreneurship.”

The scope of the rickshaw market is highlighted by the fact that there is an estimated 200,000 in Delhi alone.

Picture: ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer (right) meets India’s Prime Minister Modi

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