IIT Hyderabad Startup Launches Affordable Lithium Batteries

An IIT Hyderabad-startup plans to make them available at economical prices due to their strong design capabilities and in-house product development.

IIT Hyderabad Startup Launches Affordable Lithium Batteries

IIT Hyderabad's PuREnergy has designed and assembled Lithium batteries with wide applications

Hyderabad:

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad-incubated startup PuREnergy has developed Lithium batteries and is commercially launching them during the Renewable Energy Expo 2018 that begins at Greater Noida tomorrow (September 18, 2018). While the current models of Lithium batteries in the market are expensive, , according to a statement from technology institute, the IIT Hyderabad-startup plans to make them available at economical prices due to their strong design capabilities and in-house product development.

Founded in 2016 by Dr. Nishanth Dongari, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, IIT Hyderabad, PuREnergy has designed and assembled Lithium batteries with wide applications in fields from agriculture to aerospace.

Dr. Nishanth Dongari said the startup is also in close discussion with few defence laboratories for the battery applications in tanks, missiles, and communication Equipment.

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"They need to work under harsh environmental conditions, reduce the weight by four times compared to lead acid technology and deliver high discharge currents, which is to be achieved by doping of anodes and cathodes," Dr Dongari said.

The startup has been one of the pioneers in developing solar hybrid systems combining solar PV with battery back-up and grid synchronization and statement from IIT Hyderabad added that it has served more than 100 clients in sectors as varied as Telangana Government, pharmaceuticals, real estate, hospitals and non-governmental organizations at the national level.

Rohit Vadera, Chief Executive Officer, PuREnergy, said, "We have already deployed products in our own solar hybrid projects. With the tremendous increase of excess solar power supply in the day time, the demand for MWH storage solutions is increasing to stabilize the Grid across 24 x 7".

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"We intend to become reliable and quality focused players in the MWH storage market, with the strong backing from academia and our prior operational experience in the MW scale solar projects," he added.

The team has built expertise in the battery design by choosing application specific cell chemistry to offer lower total cost of ownership, efficient thermal management systems to enhance life by 50 per cent for Indian conditions. 

The battery also offers in-house testing and service facilities to achieve better warranty period. The products are currently available in 0.2 KWH to 2 KWH (Agriculture Drones, Automobile), 2 to 20 KWH (Aerospace, Electric Autos & Carriers, Telecom and Household), and 50 to 500 KWH (Residential Societies, data centers and industrial entities).

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