What’s the future ahead Lead acid batteries or Lithium-Ion Cells?

As more utilities cut off subsidies for grid-tied solar users, a growing number of homeowners are investing in battery storage for their renewable energy (RE) systems. From the spare money, they’ll save on utility bills.

So which storage technology will RE users prefer? Currently, flooded lead-acid and sealed lead-acid batteries command the largest market share, followed by lithium-ion cells in certain applications.

Lithium-ion batteries offer high energy density and low maintenance, which contributes to their domination in the portable electronics market. However, lithium ion’s cost — often more than $100,000 to provide battery backup for an average-sized house — makes them cost-prohibitive in most RE systems. In addition, lithium-ion batteries contain toxic materials that have to be disposed of in special landfills. So the batteries designed to store green energy actually end up harming the environment.

Lead-acid Battery or Lithium-Ion battery? Which will lead the market?

Lead-acid batteries are the most popular energy storage systems for renewable energy. They’ve been proven for more than 100 years. Because of their heritage and time in use, we know there’s no danger of meltdown. And because battery engineers have refined manufacturing and design, they’re able to lower costs and increase quality, reliability and lifespan. Even better, lead-acid batteries are 97% recyclable — the highest recyclability percentage of any product.

Because RE batteries are subjected to brutal operating conditions, some batteries fall short on lifespan, performance and value. That’s why one of battery industry’s biggest changes is the move toward automated manufacturing to produce advanced lead-acid batteries. That shift, including cast-on-strap (COS), computerized quality control and robotic assembly, is producing batteries that last longer and deliver more power.

Lead-acid battery engineers have spent decades improving their designs. But even the best-designed battery will die early — and perform sub-optimally — if it’s forced to operate in extreme weather. Ideally, lead-acid batteries should be used in 77°F (25°C) temperatures. Yet many RE systems expose batteries to a scorching 100°F or more and freezing temperatures in other climates. These extreme conditions rob batteries of their storage capacity and can cut battery life by more than 50%.

That’s why even the leading batteries should only be part of the equation. The other key factor is protecting batteries from performance and life-sapping weather conditions. One company, Mark Snyder Electric, created the world’s first stand-alone structure built from the ground up to shield batteries and other RE system components from extreme weather.

EMPUS in Battery industry

Called Enertopia Multi-Purpose Utility Structure (EMPUS), this patent-pending structure keeps the elements at bay to protect batteries and other gear for up to 25 years. EMPUS marries low-maintenance temperature control with R-42 super-insulation from P2000 — so the temperature in the structure stays at or near the ideal for longest battery life.

Because of their efficiency, cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability, lead-acid batteries and protective structures will remain the most popular technology to lead the RE market.

Waldies secures Silver in 88th Merchants Cup Regatta

Waldies is proud to announce that we are celebrating our results in the 88th Merchants Cup Regatta, held by Calcutta Rowing Club. We’re glad to have secured our spot at the second position in the main event for this year.

Calcutta Rowing Club organizes Merchants Cup Regatta every year to promote the Rowing sport in the corporate regime. Squads from all over the city spare their time to participate in this corporate sports festival. Every year dozens of participation makes Merchants Cup a very successful event. Big corporate houses such as HSBC, HDFC, Gillanders, TATA’s participates in the regatta.

Waldies (previously Gillanders) had participated in the 88th Merchants Cup Regatta in all different forms of events. The event featured Dinghy, Ergometer, Coxed Fours and Tub Pairs. The three-day regatta concluded on 29th of July where Palazzo Marbles were named the overall champions of the 88th season.

88th Merchants Cup Regatta

Team Waldies

  • Soumen Mitra, Coach – Coxswain
  • Ashismoy Mitra, General Manager – Strokeman
  • Deepak Ojha, Managing Director, Stroke
  • Piyush Sethia, Chartered Accountant, Bowman
  • Nikhil Agarwal, Vice President, Bow
  • Umang Agarwal, Vice President, Bow

Waldies stood at the second position in the main event of Coxed fours where HSBC stood as the second runners up. Ultimately, the final results of the overall regatta:

  1. Palazzo Marbles
  2. The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)
  3. Waldies / Gillanders

Team Waldies

Due to its non-existence in 1926 Rabindra Saraboar Lake did not host the first Merchants’ Cup Regatta. CRC’s former course on the Boat Canal near Majerhat Bridge in Behala hosted the first one. It was won by a crew representing the firm George Henderson & Company. 

Despite being the donors of the Trophy, Gillanders, couldn’t claim it until 1948. Macneill & Magor have been staking their claims very strongly having won the trophy for five years running and Gillanders’ won the trophy again both in 1980 and 1981. In 1982, Chloride India Ltd., (now Exide) won the trophy. In 1983 Tata Iron & Steel Co., Ltd., won the Cup, whereas in 1984-85 it was M.N.C. who won it. Tata’s won back the trophy in 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990.

The top Battery Manufacturers in India

The battery industry in India that comprises automobile, sealed maintenance free (SMF), tubular and lead acid batteries have been registering an annual growth rate of 25 per cent year on year. While China still remains the world’s largest battery market, India is expected to register the strongest growth in sales by 2020. Demand for Indian batteries from importers worldwide has increased and to meet this, Indian manufacturers are also gearing up. The main sectors in which demand is expected to grow in 2018 are solar, telecom, automation and power conditioning.

Recognizing the growth being witnessed by the battery industry, Waldies has decided to rank the top Battery Manufacturers on the basis of our consumer survey and their demand.

Some major companies could not be included in the ranking as they declined to share their revenue figures with us, nor could their balance sheets be accessed on the MCA website. We did not include companies who are exclusively/extensively into manufacturing automotive batteries.

Battery Manufacturers in India

While this survey is by no means comprehensive, it does provide a glimpse into many of India’s key battery manufacturers.

  • Exide Industries Limited
  • Amaraja Batteries (Amaron)
  • Luminous Batteries
  • Okaya Power Group
  • Base Corporation Ltd.
  • Southern Batteries Pvt. Ltd.
  • HBL Power Systems
  • Su-Kam Batteries
  • Tudor India Pvt. Ltd.

The battery market in India is experiencing growing demand from multiple sectors. Apart from conventional demand from manufacturing industries, the digital and telecom boom has generated demand for batteries for power storage equipment. The growth of the battery market is also driven by the increasing demand from sectors like banking, hospitality, transportation and other industrial applications. Besides, the boom in the solar sector has added extra impetus to this industry. With all these factors combined, the Indian battery market is expected to remain bullish in the coming years.

With the introduction of electric vehicles, this sector may move towards lithium ion and fuel cell technologies.

However, there is not much variation in the rankings of the companies compared to their positions in the previous year. Maintaining its top position in this survey, Exide Industries is leading the market, followed by Amara Raja and HBL.

Waldies is proud to affirm that our product, Red Lead, which is a raw material in manufacturing lead-acid batteries and tubular batteries is used by all of the top battery manufacturers in India. You can head over to our product section to know more about our service area and range. Waldies Compound Limited also boasts of its product quality being of the highest order. The quality we manufacture is unparalleled.

Gillanders Arbuthnot & Co. completes selling of Stake in its Indian subsidiary Waldies Compound Limited

Gillanders Arbuthnot & Company Ltd has informed BSE that a Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company was held at its registered Office on Thursday, the 9th March, 2017 inter alia to consider and approve sale of its stake in Waldies Compound Limited (Formerly Barfani Builder Limited), an Indian Subsidiary of the Company.

The Board subsequently approved the sale and transfer of entire shareholding of 99.99% equity shares in Waldies Compound for INR 210.6 million.