Make in India: Country’s First Technology Transfer Pact for Li-Ion Batteries Inked

The agreement was signed between Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd.

Technology Transfer Pact for Li-Ion Batteries Inked

To boost the government’s Make in India initiative, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on first transfer of technology for the country’s Lithium Ion (Li-ion) batteries was signed in Bengaluru.

The agreement was signed between Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd.

Further, this indigenous technology of Lithium-ion cells was developed by a group at CSIR-CECRI headed by Dr Gopu Kumar in partnership with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) New Delhi, CSIR- Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI) Kolkata and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) Hyderabad.

Also, to manufacture prototype Lithium-Ion cells CSIR-CECRI has set up a demo facility in Chennai. It has secured global IPRs with potential to enable cost reduction, coupled with appropriate supply chain and manufacturing technology for mass production.

Currently, Indian manufacturers import such batteries from China, Japan and South Korea among some other countries.

India is one of the largest importers and in 2017, it imported nearly USD 150 million worth Li-Ion batteries.

Besides, Raasi Group will set up the manufacturing facility in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu close to Bangalore.

Commenting on the development, RAASI Group, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, C. Narasimhan said, “We want to bring down the cost of cell manufacturing below Rs. 15,000/- per KW to replace Lead Acid Battery.”

Narasimhan further added that, “We also have plans to make Lithium Ion battery for solar roof top with life span of 25 years to make it affordable enough to drive the Photo Voltaic segment.”

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Manu Tayal

Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.

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