Isro has tech for startups to make li-ion battery locally

    BENGALURU: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has asked local startups and industry houses to bid for transfer of its lithium ion cells technology as it looks to encourage making these energy-efficient batteries locally and help reduce imports.

    The space agency floated a so-called request for qualification on Tuesday, promising to transfer the technology for lithium ion batteries built for powering satellites for Rs 1 crore, for sucessfull bidders. The transfer of technology, it hopes will spur the development of indigenous electric vehicle industry.

    The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), located in Kerala, will transfer the lithium ion cell technology to the successful Indian industries/startups on non-exclusive basis to establish production facilities in the country that can produce cells of varying size, capacity, energy density and power density catering to the entire spectrum of power storage requirements, the Isro said.

    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.

    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.

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