ISRO tech to power electric vehicles

Lithium-ion batteries, an integral part in all Indian space vehicles, is expected to create ripples in the automotive industry.

By Author  |  Published: 16th May 2017  11:51 pmUpdated: 17th May 2017  12:33 am
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Hyderabad: In a move that could potentially make a huge impact on the Indian automotive industry, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will transfer its home grown lithium-ion battery technology for commercial use.

The lithium-ion batteries of ISRO are an integral part in all the Indian space vehicles including the PSLV, GSLV and satellites. The indigenous batteries are known to perform for 10 to 15 years only through multiple recharges.

Once the technology is transferred, it is expected to create ripples in the Indian auto industry, which is struggling to keep the costs down while developing an affordable solar hybrid electric car.

With Union Ministry of Energy and Power stressing on the need to make complete switch to electric cars by 2030 in the country, many believe that the ISRO technology transfer could facilitate the transition to solar hybrid electric cars.

“The technology has been made available to the automotive industry and already there have been some trials carried out on electric vehicles. Our lithium-ion batteries are required to perform for over a decade with multiple charges,” said AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO, during his recent visit to Hyderabad.

The lithium-ion batteries are also part of the GSAT-19 satellite, which will be launched by GSLV MKIII on June 6.  “We had developed the batteries keeping in mind the cost-effectiveness for our space programme. But this same technology now has to be adopted in a commercial manner,” he said.

The high energy lithium-ion batteries have been tested by placing them on the solar panels, which are fitted to the car. The solar panels and the batteries also ‘power’ the electronics of the vehicles by providing a steady power supply.

“The biggest challenge will be to bring the costs down and that would be possible if you do it on a large scale. Industry has to take this technology and develop it so that it becomes cost effective,” Kiran Kumar added.