ISRO’s li-ion cell tech has many takers

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) move to transfer indigenous technology for manufacture of lithium-ion battery has received an overwhelming response from industry, according to the space agency.

More than 130 firms across the country have responded to the Request For Qualification (RFQ) issued in June, a press note issued by ISRO on Monday said.

The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), the ISRO unit in Thiruvananthauram where the technology was developed, is organising a pre-application conference here on Tuesday to provide guidance for the firms that had responded to the RFQ. About 250 representatives are expected to attend the conference.

According to S. Somanath, Director, VSSC, transfer of matured space technologies to Indian industries, especially those which find societal applications, is an established policy of the ISRO.

The VSSC, the lead centre of the ISRO for satellite launch vehicles, has successfully deployed li-ion cells in its space missions. It has also demonstrated the use of the technology in electric vehicles. The move to promote li-ion technology would give a push to the country’s zero emission policy. It said the industries absorbing the technology would be expected to establish production facilities to meet the entire spectrum of power storage requirements.

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