The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on March 23, 2018 entered into a Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) to transfer the technology for the manufacture of Space Grade Lithium-Ion Cells.
The TTA was signed at ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru in the presence of Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman of ISRO and Atul Sobti, Chairman & Managing Director of BHEL.
• ISRO uses Li-Ion batteries as power sources for satellite and launch vehicle applications due to their high energy density, reliability and long cycle life.
• The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) of ISRO at Thiruvananthapuram has successfully developed the technology to produce space grade Li-ion cell and demonstrated the performance of the cell under various testing conditions.
• These space grade cells are currently being used for various satellite and launch vehicle applications.
This Li-ion cell Technology Transfer will enable BHEL to produce space grade Li-Ion cells which can meet the country’s space programme requirements.
This technology could also be used to cater to the Li-Ion cell requirement for other national needs.
• Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) owned and founded by the Union Government, is an engineering and manufacturing company based in New Delhi, India.
• Established in 1964, BHEL is India's largest power generation equipment manufacturer.
• The company was granted the prestigious Maharatna status in 2013 for its outstanding track record and vast scale of operations.
Who: ISRO and BHEL