ERDA is working on advance materials to develop nano-dielectric materials for insulation, battery electrodes and electrolytes, contact materials and novel performance enhancing coatings for applications in thermal, hydro and photovoltaic power plants.
Electrical Research and Development Association
Focus Areas of Research
- Dielectric Materials
- Cable insulation (XLPE and jacket materials)
- HV insulation (e.g. CT/PT & bushing)
- Transformer insulation (e.g. paper and oil)
- Energy Storage
- Sodium-ion battery technology
- Aluminium Batteries
- Green hydrogen
- Metallic Materials
- Switchgear contacts
- Thermo-electric materials
- Magnetic materials
- Root Cause Analysis
- Failed electrical products e.g. cables, insulators, transformer etc.
- Power plant components e.g. boiler tubes, motor shafts, transmission line components etc.
- Material Characterization and Analysis
- Broadband dielectric spectroscopic analysis
- X-ray diffractometer (XRD)
- SEM and EDS
- Polymer (composite) insulators
- Materials for cable insulations
- Electrical insulation ageing
- Battery materials
- Battery materials development facilities: glove box, vacuum mixer, electrode coater, calendaring machine and coin cell crimping machine
- Performance analysis of batteries and battery materials: Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) with various cell configurations
- Material Characterization equipments: Optical Microscopes, SEM, XRD, EDS, and Thermal conductivity instrument
- Dielectric characterization of insulating materials: Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS)
- Laboratory scale processing facilities: compounder, two-roll mill, sonicators, high temperature furnace, micro-wave furnace, ageing ovens etc.
- Nano material synthesis: High Energy Ball Mill and well equipped chemical laboratory for molecular self-assembly, sol gel and hydro thermal synthesis.
Technologies Developed (Available for Sale)
- Anti-dust/Self-cleaning Nano-coating Technology for Solar PV glass
- Corrosion Resistant Paint Using Nano-Carbon
- EMI Shielding Polymer Nanocomposite
- Epoxy Nanocomposites with Enhance Dielectric Properties and Improved Thermal Conductivity
- Silver Tin Oxide Contact Material using Nano-technology for LV Switchgear
- Silver-Nano Carbon Contact Material Technology for LV Switchgear
Corrosion Resistant Nano-Paint
Corrosion resistant paint for Coating for Steel Structures subjected to Industrial and Marine Environment
- Paint classification after 1000 hours of salt spray test (ASTM B 895): Class – A
- Higher impedance property implies better corrosion resistant property.
- High scratch resistance
- Improved hardness properties
- Improved mechanical Properties such as Scratch Hardness, Pull of Adhesion & Impact Hardness
- Enhanced corrosion Resistance
- Successful field trials completed at two costal locations for comparison with conventional paint