New Delhi: Indian Oil Corporation Limited has entered into a collaboration with Phinergy, an Israeli start-up company specializing in hybrid lithium-ion and aluminium-air/zinc-air battery systems, to form IOC Phinergy Private Limited.
The joint venture will manufacture Aluminum-Air systems in India to boost India’s flagship programme – “Make in India” and recycle used Aluminum to strengthen India’s energy security.
The new Indo-Israeli JV also intends to develop fuel cells and indigenous hydrogen storage solutions for promoting green mobility. In a significant boost to India’s pursuit of e-mobility, two of the leading Automotive manufactures in India- Maruti Suzuki and Ashok Leyland signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the newly incorporated JV IOC Phinergy Limited.
The pact was signed in the presence of the Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, and the Minister of Energy of Israel, Dr. Yuval Steinitz.
Speaking on occasion, Shri Pradhan said the fruition of the vision of our Prime Minister has, inter alia, resulted in this Joint Venture being launched today. He said that the joint venture will help India in its journey towards clean, sustainable, affordable, safe and long-lasting energy options and facilitate much faster adoption of e-Vehicles in the country.
Shri Pradhan said that energy is integral to support the fast-growing Indian economy and its ambitions. “Our energy sector will be growth-centric, industry-friendly and environment conscious. We have the onerous task of ensuring ample access to energy to improve the lives of Indians coupled with the need to have a smaller carbon footprint.
In this scenario, this technology to develop indigenous batteries using locally available Aluminum fits into the energy vision of India as espoused by Prime Minister Modi, wherein he has given a clear call for increasing the contribution of electricity to decarbonize mobility, he said.
The minister said that based on domestically available Aluminum, the joint venture plans to manufacture Aluminum-Air systems in India, which will provide a boost to India’s flagship programme – Make in India and at the same time, recycling of used Aluminum will help India in becoming “Aatmanirbhar” for energy requirements.
He expressed the happiness that apart from Maruti Suzuki, leading automobile industry representatives such as Ashok Leyland and Mahindra Electric are part of the validation of the technology. Shri Pradhan urged the Indian industry, primarily the automotive manufacturers, to extend all necessary support to the joint venture for commercializing the Aluminum-Air technology.
Minister of Energy of Israel, Dr. Yuval Steinitz lauded the initiative, saying that this is indicative of increasingly close cooperation between the two countries.
MoP&NG Secretary Tarun Kapoor said that India’s energy demand is going to increase at a faster pace compared to the world, and the country is looking for a breakthrough in storage technology-batteries that are compact, cheaper, lighter and have higher energy density.
Sharing perspectives of IndianOil, Chairman S M Vaidya said, “With one of the most extensive customer interfaces in the country, IndianOil has been working continuously to improve customer’s experience and provide solutions for all kinds of energy needs.”
The JV between IndianOil and Phinergy for commercializing Aluminum-Air technology is an important initiative towards technology-driven Energy Transition. Al-Air technology will help us overcome most of the current challenges for e-Vehicles and address most of the potential customers’ pain-points, including range anxiety, higher cost of purchase, and safety issues. This technology will also boost India’s existing aluminium industry and help the nation become Self-reliant in the energy field and promote the ‘Make in India’ drive, he added.
MOP&NG Secretary Tarun Kapoor, Ambassador of India to Israel Sanjeev Kumar Singla, Ambassador of Israel to India Dr. Ron Malka, IndianOil Chairman S M Vaidya, Phinergy Chairman Aviv Tzidon, Maruti Suzuki India MD Kenichi Ayukawa, and Ashok Leyland CTO Dr. N Saravanan, were among those present in the virtual ceremony.