France based battery pack manufacturer IBS has partnered with Mumbai based ION Energy that provides advanced battery management and intelligence system for electric mobility and energy storage applications.
IBS aims to emerge as a global leader in battery pack manufacturing with plans to set up a manufacturing unit in India in 2020-21 and the US. The company already has over 30-50 MW of batteries per year in scheduled deployment over the next 3 years, which it plans to grow rapidly.
The partnership extends ION’s battery management system (BMS) licensing offerings to IBS and gives the strategic licensed partner access to a mature BMS which was tried and tested for high voltage applications. This paired with Edison—ION’s analytics, diagnostics, and business intelligence software—helps IBS with remote monitoring and servicing, bug reporting, and reporting based on business intelligence data.
Recently, IBS showcased its first electric truck project at the Charade Electric Festival “New Tech” in France, highlighting its competence in building mobile energy storage systems. The truck—designed along with Socomec, Europe’s leading manufacturer of critical power equipment/UPS systems—is a mobile energy storage unit that is installed with 200 KVA and 300 KWh of energy to enable mobile charging for electric cars on-road and during events.
ION’s BMS licensing model was the key enabler that accelerated the launch.
Talking about their partnership, IBS president and CEO Eric Boudot said: “We have had very strong relations with ION since the beginning and together we are continuously developing a lot of concepts to build the BMS and communication of the future. We offer not just battery but also service and Edison is the most advanced battery analytics platform as compared to what exists in the market currently. It is custom-built for tomorrow.”
“Batteries are not products that you can transport easily, we want to manufacture where we sell and we’re eager to set up a manufacturing unit and venture into India.”
ION Energy Co-founder and CEO Akhil Aryan said, “We are proud to have partnered with IBS as they are always building innovative solutions in the energy storage space. Even right now, they are designing modular and multi-purpose battery packs that can be used for storage as well as mobility. We are excited and confident that this partnership will help us deploy over 100,000+ BMS by 2020 and have upwards of 1 GWh under management on the platform.”