Rosatom buys 49% of shares in Enertech, a Korean manufacturer of lithium batteries, and will build a battery plant in Russia
Rener, a subsidiary of Rosatom's energy storage integrator, has completed the acquisition of a 49% stake in Enertech International Inc, a South Korean manufacturer of electrodes, lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems.
The deal also includes the construction in Russia of a plant for the production of lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems with a production capacity of at least 2 GWh by 2030. The launch of the first stage of battery production is scheduled for 2025 .
It is assumed that the batteries of the new Russian plant will be used in electric vehicles (buses and cars), special equipment and electrical networks, including as a basis for energy storage systems.
New Alliance with Korean partner was an important step in the development of non-nuclear business Rosatom . Lithium batteries are, in addition to everything, the basis of energy storage systems, which are becoming an integral part of renewable generation power plants. Let me remind you that Rosatom successfully operates a wind power division, which is being developed by its subsidiary “Novavind ". At present, the Kochubeevskaya wind farm has been put into operation, and a project has begun on the construction of the Medvezhenskaya wind farm in the Stavropol Territory.
Natalya Nikipelova, President of TVEL Company, “The alliance with a technology partner is a strategically important milestone in the development of Rosatom's energy storage business. This will increase production capacity, greatly expand our knowledge and application of lithium-ion batteries, and facilitate access to overseas markets. In addition, the presence of local production in Russia means not only new technologies and products, but also new jobs".
The creation of a world-class battery manufacturing enterprise in Russia will also become a landmark event for the Russian automotive industry. The quality and reliability, which is guaranteed by only one brand # rosatom , will give an impetus to the development of the electric vehicle industry in the country, and of course the growth of competition in the lithium battery production sector, remembering that the Novosibirsk # plant # liotech has been operating for several years . The growth of Russian battery production will lead to a decrease in dependence on imports, and the associated commercial risks and, as a result, a decrease in the cost of final products can become an incentive for the growth of production and the widespread introduction of Russian-made electric vehicles.
Selected by Rosatom as a partner to create a "battery alliance" South Korean Enertech International Inc has been developing and producing lithium batteries for 20 years. The company has its own complete production cycle and technical base for the production of electrodes, battery cells, traction battery assemblies, and energy storage systems. Only at the end of February, the company announced the imminent start of production of the 4th generation EV Gen4 lithium cell.
Traction batteries Enertech International Inc with a capacity of 6 to 27 kW * h is equipped, for example, monorail trains in Incheon.
Without "swinging" for a long time, Rosatom began to transfer its in-plant electric transport to lithium-ion batteries of its own design and production, instead of outdated lead-acid batteries. This program was launched at the NPO "Centrotech" enterprise in Novouralsk, Sverdlovsk region. Within the framework of the project, batteries with a capacity of 480 A * h with an operating voltage of 48 V will be installed on six electric trucks. Two more electric forklifts will be equipped with storage units with a capacity of 320 A * h with an operating voltage of 44 V.