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.
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.
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.