130 companies show interest in ISRO's lithium-ion cell tech

By Agency Published on Jul 16, 2018 04:26 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: "Over 130 companies have shown interest in the Indian space agency`s lithium-ion cell technology and the pre-application conference will be held on Tuesday," director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, S Somanath said.

The space agency had said the initiative will accelerate the development of the indigenous electric vehicle industry.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in June announced its decision to transfer its own lithium-ion cell technology to the Indian industry on a non-exclusive basis for use in automobiles for Rs 1 crore.

According to Somnath, the lithium-ion cell battery technology buyers can innovate further to address the market needs.

Somnath said, "ISRO will not get any royalty from the buyers of its lithium-ion cell technology. Our idea is to enable the industry to develop," Somanath said.

The VSSC, located in Kerala, will transfer the lithium-ion cell technology to successful Indian industries/start-ups on a non-exclusive basis to establish production facilities in the country that can manufacture cells of varying size, capacity, energy density and power density catering to the entire spectrum of power storage requirements, ISRO said.

Somnath said, "The transfer of technology will start from transfer to documentation. Successful companies can come to VSSC and familiarise themselves with the battery technology. We do not have the manpower to depute to the technology buyer`s place."

"Batch manufacturing of lithium-ion cells is sufficient for ISRO`s needs. Whereas in the case of mass production it is only the industry that can do it," he added.

The ISRO makes lithium-ion cell batteries of various sizes and power (1.5 amperes to 100 amperes) to power its rockets and satellites.

The big deal

ISRO also said that the competent firm`s security deposit will be adjusted against the technology transfer fee of Rs 1 crore.

The security deposit (Rs 400,000) of unsuccessful applicants or withdrawn applications will be returned, without any interest. The one-time technology transfer fee has to be paid within 30 days of the qualification date.

Technology shall be transferred to all/any competent firms who qualify the eligibility criteria as specified in the RFQ.

The required process documents shall be provided by ISRO at the time of the signing of technology transfer agreement and payment of technology transfer fee, ISRO had said.

Recent advances in lithium-ion battery technology have made it the preferred power source for electric and hybrid electric vehicles also.

Presently, the lithium-ion battery is the most dominant battery system finding applications for a variety of societal needs including mobile phones, laptops, cameras and many other portable consumer gadgets apart from industrial applications and aerospace.