ISRO will intimate further modalities to all the applicants through individual communications
The Indian Space Research Organisation has selected ten companies for transfer of its lithium-ion cell technology. The selected firms are- Amara Raja Batteries Limited, Chittoor, Bharat Electronics Limited, Pune, Carborundum Universal Limited, Kochi, Exicom Tele-Systems Limited, Gurgaon, GOCL Corporation Limited, Hyderabad; GOCL Corporation Limited, Hyderabad, National Aluminium Co Limited, Bhubaneswar, Sukhbir Agro Energy Limited, New Delhi, Tata Chemicals Limited, Mumbai, and Thermax Limited, Pune, ISRO said on its website.
ISRO will intimate further modalities to all the applicants through individual communications, it added. In June, ISRO had issued a Request for Qualification (RFQ) in connection with the technology transfer, containing a brief description of the qualification aspects, technology transfer process, timelines, and other relevant details.
In August, the space agency had said it has received a response from 141 companies to its RFQ. ISRO’s VSSC has successfully developed and qualified lithium-ion cells of capacities ranging from ‘1.5 Ah to 100 Ah’ for use in satellites and launch vehicles.
Lithium-ion: The game-changer
PTI reported that according to the space agency, lithium-ion cell technology is one of the most promising electrochemical energy storage technologies owing to its high voltage, high energy density, long life cycle, and high storage characteristics.
This comes at a time when the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is exploring newer battery technologies to avoid being hostage to external conditions.
According to ISRO, with the successful deployment of indigenous lithium-ion batteries in various missions, VSSC is planning to transfer this technology to the industries to establish production facilities for producing lithium-ion cells to cover the entire spectrum of the country’s power storage needs.
Floating the RFQ, ISRO had earlier said that this initiative is expected to enable Zero Emission Policy of India and accelerate the development of indigenous electric vehicle industry.