Distributed Storage

EVs could become cheaper than combustion vehicles within three years: NITI Aayog CEO

A 50% fall in the price of Lithium-ion battery packs—to $76/KWh from $156/KWh today—will make the capital cost of electric vehicles lower than combustion vehicles. However, to realise the full benefits of EVs, it is important to charge them with clean power and not fossil power.

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EESL, BHEL partner on EV charging infrastructure for highways

BHEL’s scope of work includes complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions from concept to commissioning of EV charging stations. EESL, on the other hand, will make the entire upfront investment on services, along with the operation and maintenance of the infrastructure.

AEPPL to invest Rs37.15 billion in second phase of lithium battery plant

The joint venture between Japanese majors Toshiba, Denso and Suzuki will make the investment in the Gujarat plant over the 2021-25 period, having pumped Rs12.5 billion into the first phase of development.

UK University to help design EV batteries for Indian climate

The university researchers will provide expertise in the operation and management of lithium-ion batteries, environmental test facilities for battery modules and advanced battery analysis techniques.

Time has come for battery swapping

Battery swapping is the ultimate expression of a sharing economy in which assets are shared to facilitate business operations—says E-Chargeup Solutions, which recently launched a battery swapping station for e-rickshaws in Noida city of Uttar Pradesh.

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The long read: South Korea’s burning issue

The string of fires that shook up South Korea’s booming energy storage market throughout 2018 brought development to a screeching halt this year. Throughout the lackluster first half of 2019, manufacturers, installers and analysts remained cautiously hopeful that a government investigation into the fires might plant the seed for late-year market growth. However, another outbreak of fires in the months since the conclusion of the probe has shaken industry morale once again, snuffing out any lingering hopes for a quick recovery.

India’s electric vehicle market will grow annually at 36% till 2026: IESA

Electric vehicle (EV) battery market will grow annually at 30%, growing almost six times to 28 GWh from 4.75 GWh in 2018. The EV infrastructure will grow at double the pace (60% annually), reaching 50,000 units from less than a thousand in 2018.

COP25: India calls for speedier expansion of International Solar Alliance

Launched in November 2015, the alliance aims to collectively address key challenges to the scaling up of solar energy in member countries that fall between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Out of 121 prospective member countries, over 83 have already joined it in a period of just four years.

Petroleum minister calls for making hydrogen fuel cell technology affordable

Hydrogen can be produced from various sources including biomass, renewables and LNG and possesses high energy density and long-time storage—said the minister, who recently took the test drive of a hydrogen fuel cell based car manufactured by Toyota Kirloskar.

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FAME India so far

The government has supported 425 electric buses on pilot basis since the launch of FAME India [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India] scheme that—in its second phase—aims to support (through incentives) about 7000 e-buses over a period of three years commencing from April 1, 2019.

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