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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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India plans lithium subsidies to compete with lead-acid batteries

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:45 -- Paul Crompton
India plans lithium subsidies to compete with lead-acid batteries

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. 

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Panasonic develops stop-start lead-acid battery

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 10:34 -- Laura Varriale
Panasonic battery production

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.

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Bangalore battery boom?

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:05 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Base Batteries

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.



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Amara Raja to build tubular battery manufacturing plant

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:46 -- Laura Varriale
Amara Raja Batteries' tubular battery

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.

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Hollingsworth & Vose acquires Raman FibreScience

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 10:28 -- Laura Varriale
Raman FibreScience facility in India

Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V), a battery separator manufacturer, has acquired Indian filtration media and battery separator maker Raman FibreScience (Raman) with immediate effect.

Raman manufactures a range of battery separators for flooded lead-acid batteries. According to the Mysore-headquartered company, the battery separators are suitable for use in automotive, standby power, industrial tubular and traction batteries. Raman has an international customer base.

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