US-based lead-acid separator firm company Daramic is to open its first end-to-end polyethylene (PE) manufacturing facility in India.
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.
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
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.
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
The Indian government is planning a subsidy of Rs 32,000 (US$514) on all lithium battery kits to promote electric bike use and cut down vehicular pollution, reports The Indian Express.
The move will allow lithium-ion electric bike OEMs to compete with traditional lead-acid battery powered bikes, which are around US$400 cheaper.
Panasonic has developed a lead-acid battery for charge control and idle reduction vehicles.
According to US patent number 14/359464, filed on January 23 2013, published on November 6, the battery is designed to have a high charge acceptance, which makes it suitable for vehicles with little charging opportunity.
Base Batteries, a Bangalore-based VRLA (valve-regulated lead-acid) batteries manufacturer, is in the processing of adding a capacity of 130m ampere hours (Ah) a year at its Hosur plant in Tamil Nadu with an investment of Rs110 crore ($18m), said its chief operating officer, Aditya Arora.
The 22-year-old, privately-held company has two manufacturing plants - one at Solan in Himachal Pradesh with an annual capacity of 45m Ah, and the other at Hosur with a current capacity of 100m Ah a year. The company has so far invested Rs 370 crore ($59.8m) in Phase-I of its Hosur facility.
Samsung SDI is contemplating opening a battery manufacturing plant in India.
Samsung SDI officials have met India’s telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as a follow-up of their meeting in South Korea to discuss business options.
India’s Amara Raja Batteries’ (Amara) board of directors has approved the plan to set up a tubular battery plant in India.
“The proposed project for tubular battery manufacturing facility which was approved at the board meeting held today will support to accelerate the growth momentum and secure us additional market share in the near future," said Amara vice chairman and managing director Jayadev Galla.