IIT-H incubated startup launches affordable lithimu batteries
It is in talks with defence laboratories for applications in tanks, missiles
A startup incubated at Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) has developed lithium batteries with wide applications in fields of agriculture and aerospace and will be commercially launching them during the Renewable Energy Expo 2018 beginning in Greater Noida on September 18.
“While the current models of lithium batteries in the market are expensive, PuREnergy plans to make them available at economical prices due to their strong design capabilities and in-house product development, it said in a statement.
“We are in discussion with defence laboratories for battery applications in tanks, missiles and communication equipment where they need to work under harsh environmental conditions, reduce weight by four times compared to lead acid technology and deliver high discharge currents,” explains Prof. Dongari.
The team has built expertise in the battery design by choosing application specific cell chemistry to offer lower total cost of ownership, efficient thermal management system to enhance life by 50 per cent for Indian conditions, the statement claimed.
Their research also showed that the life cycle of a typical EV Battery is found around 2500 if a normal charging station used but dramatically reduces to 500 if an ultra-fast charger is used to charge the same battery.
The startup claimed it has been one of the pioneers in developing solar hybrid system combining solar PV with battery back-up and grid synchronisation, and has served more than 100 clients in sectors as varied as Telangana government, pharmaceuticals, real estate, hospitals and non-governmental organisations at the national level.
We intend to become reliable and quality focused players in the MWH storage market,” says PuREnergy chief executive officer Rohit Vadera.
The products are currently available in 0.2 KWH to 2 KWH (agriculture drones, automobile), 2 to 20 KWH (aerospace, electric autos & carriers, telecom and household) and 50 to 500 KWH (residential societies, data centres and industrial entities), it was stated.
Prof. Dongari feels battery swapping stations will also pick up in India, as battery charging at room temperature increases life by 50%, compared to charging them in hotter conditions.