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BHEL to make space grade cells based on ISRO technology

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BHEL said it would set up a facility at its Bengaluru unit to make the cells using ISRO technology.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed a technology transfer agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd for the manufacture of space grade lithium ion cells for the space programme and other national requirements.
BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited) entered into a technology transfer agreement with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the manufacturing of space-grade lithium-ion cells of various capacities.
BHEL will utilise technology developed by ISRO at its Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a BHEL statement said.
In the presence of Dr. K. Sivan, Secretary, Department of Space & Chairman, ISRO and Atul Sobti, Chairman and Managing Director, BHEL, the technology transfer agreement was signed by S. Biswas, Director (Engg, R&D), BHEL and S Somanath, Director, VSSC.
The ISRO has so far been sourcing space-grade lithium-ion cells from foreign vendors and BHEL has been assembling and testing space-grade lithium-ion batteries with such imported cells, for satellites and launch vehicles of ISRO.
This transfer of technology will enable BHEL to manufacture lithium-ion cells in-house for ISRO and other suitable applications. The lithium-ion technology can also be further extended for use in the emerging areas of energy storage and e-mobility. BHEL will set up a state-of-the-art facility for manufacturing these cells at its Bengaluru unit, it added.

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