4 min read.Updated: 13 Oct 2019, 10:48 PM ISTNitin Pai
While China has an advantage in lithium battery production, India could turn competitive with a couple of components
It is hard to know how many members of the committees that decide various Nobel prizes have personal experience of the inventions they often indirectly honour. But I am sure every single member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which selected John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino as this year’s Chemistry laureates, uses lithium-ion batteries. While the Academy gave in to a little hyperbole when it declared “they created a rechargeable world", it was nevertheless on the mark in saying that “lithium-ion batteries have revolutionised our lives since they first entered the market in 1991. They have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society, and are of the greatest benefit to humankind."