Indian battery manufacturer Amara Raja joins global research organisation

Source: press release, 17 May 2022

Consortium for Battery Innovation Director, Dr Alistair Davidson
Consortium for Battery Innovation Director, Dr Alistair Davidson (photo: CBI)

Supporting advanced lead battery research and innovation, the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) has welcomed its newest member – and largest Indian battery manufacturer in membership – Amara Raja.

Headquarted in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India, Amara Raja Batteries Limited (ARBL) is a technology leader that has been instrumental in the development and production of advanced lead battery technologies since its establishment in 1985.

Working in both the automotive and industrial sectors, Amara Raja is a supplier for industries including OEM, UPS, telecoms and solar energy storage in India as well as countries in the Indian Ocean rim. Demand is on the rise for batteries in India, forecast to grow to 260 GWh annually by 2030.

Partnering with industry, research institutes and universities across the globe, CBI drives pre-competitive research to deliver the next generation of advanced lead batteries with enhanced performance to meet future market demand.

Ambitious targets are underway in India’s renewable energy storage sector, with goals of adding 300 GW of renewables by 2030. The need for high-performing, sustainable and innovative lead batteries is more critical than ever to support this clean energy transition which will represent a 20% year-over-year growth in solar and wind capacity.

CBI’s Director, Dr Alistair Davidson, says, “We are excited to have Amara Raja on board as our newest and largest Indian lead battery manufacturer. This regional market is extremely important for lead batteries, particularly in energy storage, and we’re looking forward to working with them to really drive innovation in the technology.”

ARBL Chief Technology Officer, Jagadish M, says, “We are excited to be part of this consortium. We look forward to leveraging this opportunity to dominate the energy sector with innovative products. By working together, we can improve our technical capabilities and explore many energy-related applications.”

ARBL Executive Director, Harshavardhana Gourineni, says, “We are honoured to be a part of this consortium, which brings together, and shares innovations and cutting-edge technology. We continue to be delighted to engage with businesses that complement our strengths and help generate value in our growth areas. This relationship will provide us with space for new generation energy storage and global corporate expansions.”

CBI organises high-impact technical workshops for its membership throughout the year in North America, Europe, China and, for the first time this year, India. These events bring together global battery experts to stimulate technical discussion about the latest research and developments in the technology. The meetings also identify key innovation pathways for future advanced batteries to delve into the significant untapped potential of lead battery technology.