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India’s Amara Raja ‘eyes expansion into Li-on’

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:33 -- News Editor
India’s Amara Raja ‘eyes expansion into Li-on’

Indian lead-acid battery maker Amara Raja Batteries is reportedly preparing to branch out into “alternative chemistries” as part of business expansion plans.

Amara chairman Ramachandra N Galla told India’s Business Standard: “We expect to finalise the technologies and the investment plans in a year or two. The work on research, capital costs and partnerships is currently under way.”

 

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Leclanché batteries to power EV fast-charging partnership

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:45 -- News Editor
Leclanché batteries to power EV fast-charging partnership

Switzerland-based energy storage firm Leclanché is teaming up with a Dutch company on a pilot batteries project aimed at creating a network of energy-efficient electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations across Europe.

Leclanché said it will initially develop a battery storage system “using large-format lithium-ion batteries” at two unnamed locations for Fastned— which already operates 63 fast charging EV stations it has built in the Netherlands.

 

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India’s lead battery market ‘on the up’

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:41 -- News Editor
India’s lead battery market ‘on the up’

The lead-acid business in India is set to soar over the next few years and demand from stationary and motive applications (SMA) will more than double in value, according to a new report.

The India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) said the value of the country’s lead-acid batteries market is currently worth around Rs27,000 crore ($4.2 billion)— of which the SMA market share accounts for Rs12,650 crore ($1.98bn).

 

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Indian Exide plans foray into lithium

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 09:33 -- News Editor
Indian Exide plans foray into lithium

Exide Industries, the Indian lead-acid battery maker, is gearing up to ride the next wave of growth with a foray in lithium-ion batteries.

"We are in a very disruptive stage as far as the battery industry is concerned. There is so much talk about e-buses, e-cars, etc. Elon Musk is creating such a hype. We are keeping our plans flexible currently.

 

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Japanese giant benefits from India’s green push

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Japanese giant benefits from India’s green push

The fast-growing telecom sector in India has become Panasonic’s major growth driver for energy storage products in the country, company officials say.

The Japanese tech giant reports the sector has generated more than $100 million in sales of lithium-ion battery-based solutions in the last three years, as telecom service operators invest in renewable energy plus storage.

 

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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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