Lithium iron phosphate technology giving energy storage a jolt

Lithium iron phosphate is the future of back up battery technology which is already popular in Europe and Africa.
­­— B R Ganesh, CEO, UltraLife Batteries India
Ultralife Batteries India Pvt Ltd (UBIL), a subsidiary of Ultralife Corporation USA, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company established in Bengaluru. Now, the company is introducing lithium iron phosphate technology batteries in India. B R Ganesh, CEO of UltraLife Batteries India talks about the advantages of using this innovative technology in renewable energy sector.
How do you look at the potential of lithium iron phosphate batteries in renewable energy (RE)?The potential is huge provided they absorb the latest technology, which comes with many positives and relevant pricing. For instance, in the case of stand-alone PV systems, storage is an important concern as is the shorter battery life compared to that of the module. Further, safe disposal of batteries becomes difficult in the absence of a structured disposal or recycling process. LiFePO4 batteries offer four times lifespan and are completely bio-degradable when compared to existing lead acid batteries that are widely used in the RE sector in India.
How mature is the Indian market in this aspect?We are the first to introduce, customers have heard about this technology, most often confuse it with lithium-ion which is quite different, but have not seen or evaluated these batteries. We need to explain the features and highlight the significant benefits of lithium iron phosphate batteries. 
What are the advantages of using lithium iron phosphate batteries in RE?Lithium iron phosphate batteries are the safest. They last for around 12 years and are cost effective. The batteries give almost  50 per cent savings in weight and volume. Also, they are environment-friendly, green and have no disposal issues.
What prompted you to venture in to this segment?By 2020, it is anticipated that an addition of 40-50 GW of new wind capacity and 25-30 GW of solar capacity will be achieved in India through the rapid adoption of clean and advanced energy technologies. Although the advanced energy storage market in India is still in its infancy, it has huge market potential, estimated at 15-20 GW by 2020. Lithium iron phosphate is the future of back up battery technology which is already popular in Europe and Africa. Ultralife India has 8 years of varied experience in providing lithium based energy storage solutions and its expertise can be well utilised in catering to the advanced energy storage requirements in the rapidly evolving Indian market.
What are the product categories you offer to meet the requirement of RE sector?We readily have back up batteries of 12V 7.5Ah, 100Ah and 150Ah, but can customise to meet any requirement from portable to battery banks.
What are your expectations from Indian market?Ideally a major market share across segments those are receptive to the advantages of adopting clean and advanced energy storage technologies. Realistically, 2 to 3 per cent of existing back up storage to begin with, but again a major chunk of business in the custom solutions and critical applications space.

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Lithium iron phosphate technology giving energy storage a jolt

Lithium iron phosphate is the future of back up battery technology which is already popular in Europe and Africa.
­­— B R Ganesh, CEO, UltraLife Batteries India
Ultralife Batteries India Pvt Ltd (UBIL), a subsidiary of Ultralife Corporation USA, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company established in Bengaluru. Now, the company is introducing lithium iron phosphate technology batteries in India. B R Ganesh, CEO of UltraLife Batteries India talks about the advantages of using this innovative technology in renewable energy sector.
How do you look at the potential of lithium iron phosphate batteries in renewable energy (RE)?The potential is huge provided they absorb the latest technology, which comes with many positives and relevant pricing. For instance, in the case of stand-alone PV systems, storage is an important concern as is the shorter battery life compared to that of the module. Further, safe disposal of batteries becomes difficult in the absence of a structured disposal or recycling process. LiFePO4 batteries offer four times lifespan and are completely bio-degradable when compared to existing lead acid batteries that are widely used in the RE sector in India.
How mature is the Indian market in this aspect?We are the first to introduce, customers have heard about this technology, most often confuse it with lithium-ion which is quite different, but have not seen or evaluated these batteries. We need to explain the features and highlight the significant benefits of lithium iron phosphate batteries. 
What are the advantages of using lithium iron phosphate batteries in RE?Lithium iron phosphate batteries are the safest. They last for around 12 years and are cost effective. The batteries give almost  50 per cent savings in weight and volume. Also, they are environment-friendly, green and have no disposal issues.
What prompted you to venture in to this segment?By 2020, it is anticipated that an addition of 40-50 GW of new wind capacity and 25-30 GW of solar capacity will be achieved in India through the rapid adoption of clean and advanced energy technologies. Although the advanced energy storage market in India is still in its infancy, it has huge market potential, estimated at 15-20 GW by 2020. Lithium iron phosphate is the future of back up battery technology which is already popular in Europe and Africa. Ultralife India has 8 years of varied experience in providing lithium based energy storage solutions and its expertise can be well utilised in catering to the advanced energy storage requirements in the rapidly evolving Indian market.
What are the product categories you offer to meet the requirement of RE sector?We readily have back up batteries of 12V 7.5Ah, 100Ah and 150Ah, but can customise to meet any requirement from portable to battery banks.
What are your expectations from Indian market?Ideally a major market share across segments those are receptive to the advantages of adopting clean and advanced energy storage technologies. Realistically, 2 to 3 per cent of existing back up storage to begin with, but again a major chunk of business in the custom solutions and critical applications space.

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