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BHEL To Make Lithium-ion Cells With ISRO

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. | Indian Space Research Organisation

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State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd would make space grade lithium-ion (Li-Ion) cells for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) under technology transfer, the space agency said on Friday. BHEL said it would set up a facility at its Bengaluru unit to make the cells using ISRO technology.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed a technology transfer agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd for the manufacture of space grade lithium-ion cells for the space programme and other national requirements.

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BHEL said it would set up a facility at its Bengaluru unit to make the cells using ISRO technology.

The Li-ion batteries power various applications on satellites and launch vehicles. Currently, BHEL assembles and tests Li-ion batteries using imported cells.

“The technology can also be extended for use in the emerging areas of energy storage and e-mobility,” the public sector major said.

ISRO said its rocketry center Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Thiruvananthapuram has developed the technology to produce space grade Li-ion cells. They demonstrated it’s performance under testing conditions and established its cycle life characteristics in accelerated mode.

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The agreement was signed by S.Somanath, VSSC Director, and S. Biswas, BHEL’s Director (Engg, R&D) at ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru on Thursday. ISRO Chairman K. Sivan and BHEL CMD Atul Sobti were present.

Source / Journal Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

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