India’s First Lithium Cell Plant

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    • The Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)will inaugurate India’s first lithium cell manufacturing facility at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

    About plant

    • The  state-of-the-art facility has been set up by the Chennai based Munoth Industries Limited with an outlay of Rs. 165 crores. 
    • The facility is located in one of the two Electronics Manufacturing Clusters set up in the temple town, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.
    • The installed capacity of the plant at present is 270 Mwh and can produce 20,000 cells of 10Ah capacity daily. 
    • These cells are used in power banks and this capacity is around 60 percent of India’s present requirement.
      • Currently India imports complete requirements of lithium-ion cells primarily from China, South Korea, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
    • Cells for other consumer electronics like Mobile Phones, hearable and wearable devices will also be produced.

    Significance 

    • This plant will be a step in the direction of realising Prime Minister Modi’s vision of making India the global hub of electronic manufacturing.

    Lithium 

    • Discovered in 1817 by Swedish chemist Johan August Arfwedson in the mineral petalite, lithium is also found in brine deposits.
    • Lithium is also found in pegmatite ores, such as spodumene (LiAlSi2O6) and lepidolite (of varying structure), or in amblygonite (LiAlFPO4) ores.

    Source:PIB