State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) is planning to enter the aerospace sector.
India’s largest power generation equipment maker plans to collaborate with Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) for manufacturing space grade solar cells and partner for satellite launches. Bhel also plans to enter the maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) business for aircraft engines.
A Bhel spokesperson notified that Bhel has been supplying various components and systems for the satellites by Isro since 2002. While meeting the projected enhanced requirements of Isro, Bhel plans to enhance its engagement by manufacturing space-grade solar PV (photo voltaic) cells; on-board energy storage cells, which have been hitherto imported by Isro and packaged by Bhel as solar modules and on board batteries.
He further added that Bhel is also exploring the feasibility of manufacturing cells and batteries with Isro- developed technology for application in e-vehicles.
By Baishakhi Dutta