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HEG unveils plans to build $247 million Li-ion anode plant

The LNJ Bhilwara group company is venturing into the production of graphite anode for lithium-ion batteries. It expects the first part capacity of its Li-ion anode plant to become operational by 2025 with an investment of INR 1,000 crore ($124 million).

ABB India opens its first smart instrumentation factory in Bengaluru

The factory will produce measurement solutions for a wide variety of industries, including power, and cater to domestic and global consumption. Its modular design allows the expansion of production capacities and new products in line with the market demand. 

Ambri, Reliance Industries sign MoU on liquid-metal battery pilot

Reliance, a strategic investor in US-based Ambri, is purchasing Ambri’s liquid-metal battery system for demo installation as part of its broader energy storage manufacturing plans and deployments in India.

Making India a manufacturing hub for solar-based, decentralized energy products

A new report by GOGLA highlights the opportunities and challenges in establishing local manufacturing and assembly of solar-based decentralized energy solutions in India. It also explores the actions needed to maximize available opportunities.

Wall-mountable lithium battery inverter from India

India’s Mecwin has unveiled compact, wall-mountable lithium battery inverters with 1,100 VA and 2,100 VA ratings. The 1,100 VA devices measure 455 mm x 530 mm x 235 mm and weigh 23 kg. The built-in battery can be charged with grid power and solar electricity. 

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ABB India upgrades smart power factory to Industry 5.0 

ABB has adopted Industry 5.0 production processes at its smart power solutions factory in Bengaluru. With “cobots” working alongside humans, the factory’s productivity has improved by 40%, while energy productivity has gone up by more than 15%.

Prime minister Narendra Modi to launch construction of Suzuki’s EV battery plant in Gujarat

Japanese carmaker Suzuki Motor is investing INR 7,300 crore (around $914 million) to set up the electric vehicle battery plant at Hansalpur in Gujarat. The plant will manufacture advanced-chemistry cell batteries.

Hitachi Energy ramps up manufacturing of ‘power quality’ products

Hitachi Energy’s new production facility in India will manufacture solutions that support stable electrical networks and reduce energy consumption.

The long read: India’s solar manufacturing wave

India installed 14GW of new PV in 2021. This year, utility-scale developers are pushing to import modules and build inventory for 2022 installations, before a basic customs duty goes into effect in May, with a 40% duty for module imports and 25% for cells. PV module distributors are also expected to build their inventories to save on duties and have enough supply for the C&I segment in 2022. After assessing the country’s current demand, project pipeline, and module availability, IHS Markit’s Dharmendra Kumar forecasts 18GW to be added in 2022.

The long read: Indian solar manufacturing sector is set for a boom

The Indian solar manufacturing sector is set for a boom in the coming years, due to the country’s enormous appetite for solar and policy support in the form of import duties and local production incentives. On the technology side, a few players are already looking at n-type TOPCon cells, but their embrace by the majority has been slow to materialize, due to the high investment costs that are required. This ensures that the build-out of new PERC capacity will continue over the short term.

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