IESA to launch India Battery Supply Chain Council; aims to develop complete supply chain ecosystem for batteries

IESA to launch India Battery Supply Chain Council; aims to develop complete supply chain ecosystem for batteries

With the view to develop a holistic ecosystem for the supply chain of batteries, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) India’s leading industry alliance on energy storage, e-mobility and microgrids has announced that it will launch the India Battery Supply Chain Council (IBSCC) on Thursday, December 9 in Delhi.

IBSCC will serve as a common platform for all relevant stakeholders to work on the complete development of the battery supply chain needed to support upcoming gigafactories in India.

“Apart from setting up 4-5 gigafactories under the ACC PLI,” explained Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President, IESA. “We need to develop a complete supply chain for availing raw materials needed for these gigafactories so that we are not replacing one co-dependency with other.”

IESA organized IBSCC’s first stakeholder’s meet on Thursday, December 2, outlining its goals, vision, and plan of action for the months ahead.

“What we hope to do through IBSCC is to identify issues, faced by member companies or industry collectively [related to raw materials, material supply or R&D], establish a consortium, so we have a better chance of not just meeting requirements of the Indian gigafactories, but can also become a supplier for global giga factories being set up in Europe and Americas in the coming decade,” said Dr. Walawalkar.

The Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme envisages setting up a cumulative manufacturing capacity of 50 GWh for Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) and an additional cumulative capacity of 5 GWh for niche ACC technologies. Beyond the ACC PLI target of 50 GWh of cell manufacturing capacity and supporting chemical processing industry to get developed by 2027, IESA expects 100+ GWh manufacturing capacity to be built in India by 2030 and 500+ GWh of manufacturing capacity by 2035.

At the first stakeholder's meet, it was announced that V.K. Soni, Head of Projects, Gujarat Fluorochemicals Ltd will Chair the newly formed IBSCC, and Vikram Handa, MD, Epsilon Carbon Ltd will serve as its co-chair.

Production Linked Incentives (PLI) schemes for automobile, auto components, and advanced chemistry cell battery storage manufacturing will provide impetus to the domestic manufacturing ecosystem involved in manufacturing EVs and lithium-ion batteries (LiB), noted V. K. Soni, IBSCC Chair.

However, he cautioned, faster implementation along with the creation of indigenous capacities of key components [required in making LiBs] were important factors for the success of the schemes.

IBSCC currently includes 10+ core companies, namely, BASF, Epsilon Advanced Materials Pvt Ltd, Himadri Speciality Chemical Ltd., Atotech Group, Applied Materials, MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions, Lucas TVS, 24M Technologies, Fortum Recycling & Waste, Neogen Chemicals Limited, Bry-Air (Asia) Private Limited, Bry-Air Inc., Ador Digatron Pvt. Ltd, Keysight Technologies, Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited, Schaltbau India, Manikaran Group, SUEZ - Water Technologies & Solutions, and Customized Energy Solutions. 

Commenting on the India scenario, Vikram Handa, MD, Epsilon Carbon and co-chair of IBSCC said, “there is a huge opportunity for India to develop this [battery] industry not only to cater to domestic demand but also the international demand.”

Mr. Handa lauded IESA’s new initiative, acknowledging the long-time need for working together with a focussed group to address key challenges facing the battery manufacturing sector.

India Battery Manufacturing & Supply Chain summit

IESA has organized the “India Battery Manufacturing & Supply Chain Summit” on December 9  in Delhi where IBSCC will be launched and further deliberation on the topic will continue to build momentum.

The summit is all set to host eminent industry leaders, think tanks, scholars, and policymakers including S Amit Mehta, Joint Secretary, Department of Heavy Industries (DHI); Sudhendu Sinha, Advisor, Infrastructure Connectivity & Electric Mobility, NITI Aayog;  Satendra Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines; Tim White, Counsellor Commercial, Trade and Investment Commissioner, Australian High Commission, New Delhi;  Randheer Singh, Sr. Specialist & Director, NITI Aayog; Dr. Sankha dip Das, Scientist D, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) among others. 

Event Time: December 9, 2021. 10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Location: New Delhi
To learn more about the IBSCC summit, visit - https://indiaesa.info/events/india-battery-manufacturing-supply-chain-summit

Authored By: Shraddha Kakade

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