Focus on scalability of energy storage – minister Suresh Prabhu

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Under the pending National Energy Storage Mission, India is poised to establish a manufacturing base for storage as well as to deploy energy storage technologies.

In his keynote address at a Make in India session at the Energy Storage India 2019 event in New Delhi, minister for commerce and industry Suresh Prabhu said: “The Indian government is a strong proponent of manufacturing as well as export of energy storage solutions from India. The industry needs to make products that are useful in an Indian context. Scalability and multiple applicability is what is needed.”

Earlier in the day, Legrand president Vimal Mahendru had urged industry players to start sharing stories so standards could be modified for Indian usage.

Highlighting the importance of the Design in India initiative, Anant Nahata, managing director of Exicom Power Solutions, said: “It is important for energy storage manufacturers to have command over technology as it provides them with a better chance of servicing the product in the long run.”

Notably, the government’s Department of Science & Technology is planning to examine industry ties with academia with the aim of advancing research and commercializing indigenous battery technologies.

“Public and private sector players need to join hands to make energy storage manufacturing in India a success,” said Hemalatha TR, managing director of Kerala state government undertaking KELTRON. “The government is open to public-private partnerships in areas like technology transfer and is willing to provide the requisite infrastructure.”