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Battery energy storage in 2022

Battery swapping, solid-state batteries, second-life batteries, evolution from lithium to novel chemistries, and Cloud-based battery management system were the key trends in battery energy storage during the year.  

Neuron Energy to invest INR 50 crore in lithium battery pack business

The Mumbai-headquartered lithium battery manufacturer plans working capital finance of INR 35 crore and equity investment of INR 15 crore to increase production capacity and fulfil orders from large OEMs.

ACE Green to set up lithium battery recycling plants in India

US-based ACE Green is setting up lithium battery recycling plants in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, where it will use a zero-waste hydrometallurgical recycling process to extract valuable materials from dead batteries.  


Amara Raja to set up 16 GWh lithium battery cell fab in Telangana

The automotive battery major will invest INR 9,500 crore over the next ten years to set up a 16 GWh lithium cell factory, 5 GWh battery pack assembly unit, and research and innovation center in Telangana.

Attero to invest $72.4 million in setting up ‘world’s most advanced’ Li-ion battery recycling plant in Telangana

The company already has a state-of-the-art lithium battery recycling plant in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, with a recovery efficiency of more than 98% across various battery materials. It said the new plant in Telangana will increase its Li-ion battery recycling capacity to 19,500 MT by the end of 2023 from the current 4,500 MT.

Disrupting the ‘Li-ion battery waste to value creation’ market

Bengaluru-based Metastable Materials has developed a 100% chemical-free process for extracting metals out of scrap Li-ion batteries. It has set up an ‘Urban Mining Unit’ on the outskirts of Bengaluru, which is capable of processing up to 1,500 tonnes of dead batteries per annum. This unit will start production early next year. Shubham Vishvakarma, founder and chief of process engineering at Metastable Materials, speaks to pv magazine about the role of urban mining in meeting India’s electric mobility ambitions and the advantages of the process developed by them. 

Mango Power unveils home and portable battery system

US-based Mango Power has developed a 3.5 kWh battery system that can be expanded up to 14 kWh. The product features LFP battery cells from CATL and can be charged through AC wall outlets, with solar panels, or via electric-vehicle chargers.

The long read: Cobalt clings on

Cobalt is key for boosting energy density and battery life, but it comes with caveats: expensive, scarce, and linked to unethical mining practices, wild price fluctuations, and a tenuous supply chain. In recent years, battery manufacturers and automakers have intensified efforts to reduce or eliminate cobalt in lithium-ion cathodes. But sometimes, old habits die hard, as pv magazine’s Marija Maisch explains.


Kelwon introduces wall-mountable lithium battery inverters in India

Kelwon has introduced Lithium battery inverters as a compact and safe alternative to conventional lead-acid battery inverters. These inverters have an inbuilt lithium battery, which can be charged with solar as well as grid electricity.

Metastable Materials commissions chemical-free recycling unit for dead lithium batteries

The Indian startup has opened a lithium battery recycling unit in Bengaluru that deploys a chemical-free process for metal extraction. The facility has the capacity to process 1,500 tonnes of dead batteries per year.

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