Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Current Affairs - 2019

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PM confers Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 in New Delhi. Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister asked the scientific community to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and develop technologies that will make India a global hub for manufacturing, knowledge and technology-based industries.

Eleven scientists including Dr Rishikesh Narayan of Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and Dr Amalendu Krishna of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai were awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2016.

Ten scientists including Dr Deepak Gaur of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and Dr S Suresh Babu of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre were given the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2017.

thirteen scientists including Dr Amit Kumar of IIT, Delhi and Dr Nitin Saxena, IIT, Kanpur were awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2018.

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology was instituted in the year 1957, in the memory of late Dr (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, the founder director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR). It is the most coveted national recognition bestowed upon young scientists and engineers to honour their research and developmental work in India.

The prize is awarded each year on the National Science Day by the by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for conspicuously important and outstanding contributions to human knowledge and progress, made through work done primarily in India during the five years.

Prize comprising of a citation, a cash award of Five Lakh rupees and a plaque is given to the research in the following disciplines viz. Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Science.

Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years is eligible to be nominated.

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Lithium-ion cell technology Transfer by ISRO

ISRO has selected 10 companies for the Lithium-ion cell technology Transfer after the examination of Request for Qualification which contained a brief description of the qualification aspects, technology transfer process, timelines and other relevant details.

Firms Selected for Technology Transfer

The firms selected by ISRO for the technology transfer are:

  • Amara Raja Batteries Limited, Chittoor.
  • Bharat Electronics Limited, Pune.
  • Carborundum Universal Limited, Kochi.
  • Exicom Tele-Systems Limited, Gurgaon.
  • GOCL Corporation Limited, Hyderabad.
  • Jyoti CNC Automation Limited, Rajkot.
  • National Aluminium Co Limited, Bhubaneswar.
  • Sukhbir Agro Energy Limited, New Delhi.
  • Tata Chemicals Limited, Mumbai.
  • Thermax Limited, Pune.

Lithium-ion cell technology

The Lithium-ion cell technology has been developed by Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC). After the successful deployment of indigenous lithium-ion batteries in various missions of ISRO, the VSSC will now transfer the technology to the industries to establish production facilities for producing lithium-ion cells to cover the entire spectrum of power storage requirements of the country.

The progress in Li-ion battery technology research has made it the favourite power source for electric and hybrid electric vehicles owing to its high voltage, high energy density, long life cycle and high storage characteristics. Li-ion batteries find wide application in electronic gadgets, telecommunication and industrial applications as well as in aerospace.

Month: Categories: Science & TechnologyUPSC