THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The lithium-ion battery developed by ISRO's Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) has drawn an overwhelming response from private players across the country. More than 130 firms have shown a keen interest in the technology for which the VSSC had floated an RFQ for technology transfer.
According to top VSSC officials, more than 130 firms have shown interest in the battery which is expected to spur on the country's electric vehicle technology in the near future. The response has been so overwhelming that the VSSC - which is ISRO's lead centre for launch vehicles - has decided to convene a pre-application conference on Tuesday.
Around 250 senior executives and technocrats from the 130-plus firms are expected to attend the conference, VSSC officials said. The conference will highlight various aspects of the technology transfer process and guide prospective bidders in preparing with their proposals. VSSC is also thrilled by the fact that the response to the RFQ is an all-time record for an ISRO technology transfer programme.
The Lithium-Ion battery was developed by VSSC some years ago, but attempts to draw private partners for its commercial production had not succeeded back then. But recently, with the country poised to welcome electric vehicles and green energy in a big way, the centre had developed a keen interest in the technology. The NITI Ayog had convened a meeting which was attended by senior ISRO brass. The battery has already been successfully tested and used in space missions.
Its application horizon was further expanded by demonstrating 500 Ah and 100 Ah capacity cells in automotive applications. The technology's entry into the automotive and aerospace sector will add impetus to the zero emission policy, VSSC said.