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UL and National Fire Service College partner in Indian lithium-ion fire safety project

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 12:31 -- paul Crompton

A partnership to advance lithium-ion fire safety and standardisation in India begins this month with a training and knowledge-sharing virtual seminar on electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

The event will bring together key fire safety stakeholders, including those in fire services, academia, associations, standards organisations and research institutes, among others.

The seminar is the first event following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by safety science leader Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Service College (NFSC).

NFSC is an Institute of Excellence for training fire and emergency service professionals in Nagpur, India. 

UL and NFSC will explore collaborative opportunities with other regulatory organisations relating to battery fires in electric mobility (e-mobility) and grid energy storage systems.

The two organisations signed the MoU on 30 July as part of the ongoing fire research study ‘Battery Fires: Study of Response Strategy of Indian Fire Services’. 

Dr. Judy Jeevarajan, director of the Underwriters Laboratories Electrochemical Safety Research Institute, said: “Given India’s accelerated use of lithium-ion batteries, it is critical for the nation’s fire services to be prepared with the right knowledge, equipment and infrastructure to handle any emergency fire situations.

“This collaboration is a major step towards creating battery fire safety awareness.”

The NFSC memorandum builds upon an ongoing partnership between UL and the government of India that include a MoU with the Bureau of Indian Standards to strengthen India’s standardisation system. 

UL battery safety experts will lead a training workshop in November on the various safety aspects of lithium-ion batteries and discussions will begin on the development of a battery fire safety NFSC course curriculum.

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MG Motor and Attero partner for responsible recycling of EV batteries in India

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 11:49 -- paul Crompton
MG Motor and Attero partner for responsible recycling of EV batteries in India

MG Motor India has partnered with urban mining firm Attero to develop ways of reusing and recycling end-of-life lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles in India. 

MG Motor India—the Indian arm of the UK-based vehicle maker— has made the deal in line with India’s vision of creating an end-to-end electric vehicle ecosystem in the country.

The move aims to assist in the responsible recycling, and minimise the carbon footprint, of EV users. 

Nitin Gupta, Attero’s chief executive officer, said: “We believe in sustainable approaches as we are committed to the ‘Clean India, Green India’ vision.”

Attero holds more than 30 global patents for its recycling technologies. 

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India’s second biggest lead-acid battery maker has manufacturing suspension lifted

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 08:45 -- paul Crompton
India’s second biggest lead-acid battery maker has manufacturing suspension lifted

Indian firm Amara Raja Batteries has restarted the manufacturing of lead-acid batteries following the closure of two of its plants last month.

The company resumed operations at its Nunegundlapalli and Karkambadi plants on 8 May after the High Court of Andhra Pradesh granted an interim suspension of the orders passed by Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB), according to India newspaper The Financial Times.

Amara received closure orders for the company's plants in Andhra Pradesh state on 30 April from APPCB.

The closure order was for allegedly violating the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, reported Indian newspapersThe Hindu.

The Hindu reported “The company has been charged with polluting ambient air, which resulted in the presence of high levels of lead in the blood of its employees and people of surrounding villages, discharging untreated wastewater into drains and untreated sewage into stormwater drains and causing soil contamination”.

In a statement, Amara Raja said it had taken proactive measures to ensure its obligations to supply products and services were met without causing any inconvenience; it was assessing the impact of the short-term disruption.

The Financial Times quoted an Amara Raja statement that read: “Continuing with its focus on the best-in-class systems and processes for environmental, safety and health practices, the company will continue to engage closely with APPCB to resolve any potential issues,.” Amara Raja Batteries noted: “We have taken proactive measures to ensure that all our obligations to supply products and services to our customers are met in a timely manner without causing any inconvenience, whatsoever.”

Amara did not reply to BEST’s questions.

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Amara Raja sets up lithium-ion cells technical hub at Tirupati

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 10:13 -- Vic
Amara Raja Tirupati

Lead battery firm Amara Raja Batteries has opened India’s first technology hub to develop lithium-ion cells, at its Tirupati facility in Andhra Pradesh. Most of India’s electric vehicle (EV) makers import cells from China.

The advanced lithium-ion technology research hub— the pilot project located at its headquarters in Tirupati— will become the country's first lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility in the private sector over the next few years, Amara Raja Batteries CEO, Samudrala Vijayanand, told Press Trust of India.

Despite pushing lithium-ion cell development, Vijayanand feels lead-acid batteries will continue to grow for at least a few more decades and that lithium cells used in electric vehicles will take time to get commercial traction. 

Electric mobility will be led by two- and three-wheelers to begin with in India, primarily because of the higher cost of ownership for four-wheeler EVs, he said.

Vijayanand expects that by 2025, the penetration of two-and three-wheelers will touch 20-25% in the country. The numbers are skewed towards three-wheelers as they are commercially more viable and such a level of penetration can give the critical mass for EV adoption.

The second phase will see the EV industry and its attendant ecosystem maturing, with passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles going electric, and this should happen during 2025-30. "As I see it, private four-wheeler adoption should begin by 2025-27," said Vijayanand.

In January 2019, Amara Raja entered into a technology transfer agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). 

Under the technology transfer, ISRO will help these companies set up lithium-ion cell manufacturing units and train their staff.

Subsidies to boost development

Vijayanand also said EV development in general, and lithium-ion batteries in particular, should get a boost with government subsidies under the local production-linked incentive scheme announced last November.

The PLI scheme has earmarked Rs 18,000 crore ($2.5 billion) towards the advanced cell chemistry, which aims to bring at least 50GW of lithium-ion batteries to the market.

On the raw material availability to enable local manufacturing of lithium cells, Vijayanand said more than two-thirds of them are domestically available, only critical minerals have to be imported. For the supply of these minerals, the government is already in talks with Latin American countries and Australia.

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Lead battery maker Exide Industries increases stake in Leclanché JV

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:54 -- paul Crompton

India’s biggest lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries has increased its stake in Nexcharge— the lithium-ion joint venture (JV) it formed with Leclanché in 2018.

Exide increased its shareholding in the JV by 2.28% to bring its total ownership share to 80.15%, the Indian firm said in a stock exchange filing on 23 November.

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Indian firm announces plans for 50,000t/pa graphite anode manufacturing plant

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:02 -- paul Crompton

Coal tar derivatives company Epsilon Carbon is planning to invest up to Rs 500 crore ($67 million) over the next five years to manufacture graphite anode materials for lithium-ion batteries in India.

Introducing itself to the battery material business, the Karnataka, India-based firm, plans to establish a 50,000 tonne per year anode material manufacturing capacity by 2025. 

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Indian state of Kerela set to build lithium-ion batteries

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 09:43 -- paul Crompton

Titanium dioxide anatase miner Travancore Titanium Products (TTP) is set to manufacture lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EV) in India, according to reports.

TTP— a public-sector undertaking under the State government of Kerala— has developed lithium trinitrate, the raw material for lithium-ion batteries, reported India news outlet The Hindu

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Sodium-ion battery firm Faradion forges partnership to develop commercial vehicles in India

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:28 -- paul Crompton

UK sodium-ion battery maker Faradion has announced plans to target India’s commercial vehicles market through a partnership with Infraprime Logistics Technologies.

The partnership to supply batteries for use in India’s IPLTech’s heavy goods vehicle fleet marks Faradion’s entry into the electric vehicle market.

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Indian firm latest to license silicon lead battery technology

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:54 -- paul Crompton

Indian battery maker Amara Raja Batteries has announced a partnership with Gridtential Energy to collaborate on bipolar lead-acid batteries.

The two companies have entered into a formal technology evaluation agreement, with Amara and Gridtential assembling and testing the US-based firm’s Silicon Joule bipolar reference batteries. 

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LG Chem halts plans for India lithium-ion battery factory

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:03 -- paul Crompton

Korean battery giant LG Chem has halted its lithium-ion battery project in India as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit the automotive market, according to reports.

The company was in talks with Renault, Mahindra & Mahindra and Hyundai for an Indian consortium for the project and regarding equity participation for the same, reported the country’s newspaper The Economic Times

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