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Indian space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has inivited bids from local startups and suitable firms for its in-house indigenously made technology of large-scale production of lithium ion batteries.

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a part of ISRO, has invited applications regarding the Request for Qualification (RFQ) to transfer its in-house developed Li-ion cell technology.

The RFQ invites multiple qualified companies or start-ups to use its power storage technology to produce a range of Li-ion cells for many purposes, mainly EVs or electric vehicles.

VSSC will transfer its in-house technology non-exclusively to each qualified production agency for a one-time fee of ₹1 crore, according to the document. The Li ion cell production initiative is part of the government’s plan to achieve 100% EVs in the country by 2030.

VSSC will shortlist the eligible industries or start-ups through an open evaluation process. The technology can be applied across the entire spectrum of power storage requirements, for example – electronic gadgets, telecommunication, industrial applications, aerospace etc.

Last date for registration of pre-application conference is June 28, 2018. August 13, 2018 is the last date for the submission of RFQ and it will be opened the next day.

In March, ISRO signed a pact with BHEL to transfer the lithium-ion cells technology to produce these batteries for the space agency. It aimed to offset the imports of such batteries.

Li ion battery is much in demand for use in handy consumer electronics goods too.

Currently the Li-ion batteries are imported mostly from China, South Korea and Taiwan. To spur the growth of the Indian EV dream of the coming decades, NITI Aayog, a government of India’s think tank, has also earlier called for setting up local production.

The lithium-ion tech can also be further extended for use in the emerging areas of energy storage and e-mobility. BHEL will set up a state-of-the-art facility for manufacturing the cells at its Bengaluru unit.

This initiative of technology transfer from ISRO is expected to enable Zero Emission Policy of India and accelerate the development of indigenous electric vehicle industry. Towards the transfer of Li-ion cell technology, an RFQ to qualify and shortlist suitable industries in India is available in VSSC, ISRO and NITI Aayog websites. Interested parties may please visit any of the following websites for more details.

  • www.vssc.gov.in
  • www.isro.gov.in
  • www.niti.gov.in

It may be recalled that recently, the Indian space agency has also announced that it is planning to develop world class propulsion technology to ensure cost effective re-usable, recoverable, re-startable and reliable space launches, a similar space technology that SpaceX is known for.

Speaking about battery tech in India, Mumbai-based Gegadyne is one such startup that has patent pending battery technology which will enable to recharge batteries in a rapid manner without the need for fast charging. The startup also touts itself as India’s Indigenously Developed Fully Electric Vehicle & Energy Storage System. The startup had raised undisclosed amount of funding from Mumbai Angels Network, in February.

Via – The Hindu | Top Image – mashable.com

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