World's first from India: Thermal Batteries could change the fate of EVs
The world of automobile manufacturer is going through a metamorphosis of sorts, shifting for the convention of internal combustion engines towards electric motors. However at this crucial juncture, one of the most important problem in this transition is developing a sustainable battery technology that can offer quick charge times, and solve range anxiety
Conventional batteries are based around a system of charging and discharging cycles that occur when electricity flows through the battery.
Thermal batteries operate through the transfer of energy to operate, with energy being created by the temperature difference between the terminals.
The thermal battery facility, to be owned by Bharat Energy Storage Technology Private Limited (BEST), will be inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, and could provide energy solutions for electrical grids, transport and telecom services. Before we look at its applications, here is a lowdown on the science behind thermal battery technology.
At the initial stage of commercial operations, set for May 2019, BEST plans to create a battery capacity of 1000MW. This is expected to be upgraded to a 10GW capacity by 2025
India could be playing a very important role in the hunt for clean fuel. On Tuesday, it took a step close to this by becoming the world's first country to have a thermal battery plant. Set up by Bharat Energy Storage Technology (BEST), the plant in Andhra Pradesh will produce first-of-its-kind thermal cells, aimed at boosting renewable sources of energy production, while maintaining a low carbon footprint.