Amara Raja, India’s largest manufacturer of lead-acid batteries, has broken ground on its 16 GWh lithium-ion cell, 5 GWh battery pack facility in the Mahbubnagar district of Telangana.
The construction of the factory is set to commence by the end of this month.
Vikramadithya Gourineni, executive director at Amara Raja Batteries, told pv magazine, “The factory will produce both LFP and NMC chemistry cells. However, the mix of technology will be a little dynamic depending on the market and what technology we have available at that point of time.”
The facility will achieve 16 GWh cell capacity over the next 10 years. Production will start in phases, with the initial 2 GWh set to become operational in 24 months.
Gourineni said, “Phase 1 will be a commercial pilot plant with mutli-cell muti-form factor capability which should be ready in about 18 months, followed by 2 GWh of manufacturing about six months after that. After that, subsequent additions of about 4 GWh until we achieve full planned capacity.”
Amara Raja will use its own battery technology that it has been developing for the last few years. “We also have a couple of investors and partners we keep working with. One is Log9 Materials. We are also working with a couple of players from Europe. Log9 is developing a technology that we also find interesting for commercial production,” said Gourineni.
Amara Raja Batteries’ li-ion facility will initially target the electric mobility segment and also focus on stationary storage in the future.
The facility is estimated to create direct employment for about 4,500 people and a similar number of indirect jobs. It would also include a first-of-its-kind advanced energy research and innovation center, dubbed the Amara Raja E +Ve Energy Labs. This facility will be equipped with advanced laboratories and testing infrastructure for material research, prototyping, product life-cycle analysis, and Proof of Concept demonstration. This will cater to the development needs of the Amara Raja as well as provide a range of facilities open to other players in the energy and mobility ecosystem.
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