Lithium-Ion batteries are changing the energy storage market. Lead carbon batteries took place of lead acid batteries and now, lithium-ion cells seem to be dominating the former. ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) recently announced that it is all set to provide lithium-ion cells to private industry and thus contribute majorly in India’s aim to shift solely on Electric Vehicles by 2030.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan said that space-grade li-ion batteries developed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre is ideal for use in electric vehicles, with certain modifications. Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) had already tested the ISRO batteries and found them suitable for automotive systems. He further said,
“Government-level discussions are going on to find suitable industrial partners and manufacture commercial grade li-ion batteries, which are cost-effective. From our side, we are ready to share the technology. Currently, li-ion batteries are being imported from countries like China and Japan, which make the prices of electric vehicles less attractive.”
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) previously announced that they will be partnering with ISRO for the manufacture of li-ion batteries. A memorandum of understanding(MoU) was recently signed for the same. K Sivan said on the occasion,
“We transferred the technology to the BHEL to produce space-grade batteries. To produce commercial grade batteries for electric vehicles, we welcome any industry partner.”
ISRO has already been using in-house li-ion batteries to power satellites and launch vehicles. K Sivan also said,
“During Thursday’s GSLV-F08 launch, li-ion batteries were used to power the new electro-mechanical actuation system and their performance has been satisfactory prompting the Union government to see them as a ‘game changer’.”
NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat previously stressed on India’s urgent need to implement lithium-ion battery manufacturing units as several countries are already leading their way. Lithium-ion batteries give optimal performance and characteristics in comparison with Lead-carbon and Lead-acid batteries. Less charge time, compact design and higher DOD (Depth of Discharge) make it ideal for Electric Vehicles.
Source: The New Indian Express