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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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Tata reveal plans for Indian gigafactory as government steps up EV goals

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:39 -- Paul Crompton

The Tata Group has reportedly pledged INR4,000 crore (US$600 million) towards building a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Gujarat, India.

A 126-acre parcel of land in the area has already been secured for the plant, which could boast up to 10GW of capacity, according to the Times of India.

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Australia-India lithium refinery project under evaluation

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 22:29 -- John Shepherd
Australia-India lithium refinery project under evaluation

Australia-listed Neometals has signed a binding memorandum of understanding with Indian company Manikaran Power to jointly fund the evaluation of developing “India’s first lithium refinery”.

A final investment decision (FID) on creating a 50-50 joint venture for the refinery will be taken after completion of a feasibility study, Neometals said.

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Gravita launches Ghana lead production plant

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:06 -- John Shepherd
Gravita launches Ghana lead production plant

Indian lead producer and recycler Gravita has launched commercial production of lead from a subsidiary operation in Ghana, West Africa.

Recycler Ghana Limited said the US$3.1 million Ghana facility has an initial production capacity of 6,000 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA). An additional 6,000 MTPA capacity is set to come on stream at the plant from July 2019.

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Indian Oil ‘in lead-acid tech talks with battery makers’

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 09:20 -- John Shepherd

Technology developed by India’s state-owned Indian Oil Corporation to “increase the lifetime” of lead-acid batteries could be licensed to battery makers, the corporation’s director of research and development has revealed.

“We have developed a new nano material, which when used in a lead-acid battery in fixed proportion, increases the life of the battery by 30% and cuts charging time by 40%,” SSV Ramakumar said.

Ramakumar told The Economic Times of India the corporation is “now exploring ways to take (the technology) to market”, “All options are open to us. We can set up our own manufacturing or we can join hands with some leading battery manufacturer in the country.”

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Bolivia and India plan lithium supply for batteries joint venture

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 15:58 -- John Shepherd
Ram Nath Kovind (left) with Bolivian president Evo Morales

Bolivia and India are working on plans to set up a lithium supply chain between the countries to serve joint venture battery production plants.

Lithium carbonate originating in Bolivia would be delivered to the battery/cell manufacturing facilities in India, according to an agreement signed by Indian president Ram Nath Kovind (pictured left) during a state visit to Bolivia.

Under the terms of the deal, both sides “agreed to facilitate mechanisms for the commercialisation of lithium carbonate and potassium chloride produced in Bolivia by the state-owned exploration and refining firm Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos Corporación (YLB).”

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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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