RENERA LLC, Rosatom’s integrator company for the energy storage business (subsidiary of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom) has finalized the deal to acquire 49% share of Enertech International Inc, a South Korean manufacturer of electrodes, lithium-ion storage cells and energy storage systems.
The signed agreement also includes building a facility for manufacturing of lithium-ion cells and energy storage systems in Russia, with at least 2 GWh production capacity by 2030. The start of the first stage of production is scheduled for 2025. Llithium-ion batteries made in Russia will be applied in electric vehicles (buses and cars), special equipment and in power grids.
The alliance with the Korean partner is a part of Rosatom’s strategic development of non-nuclear businesses. Energy storage is an end-to-end technology in Rosatom’s portfolio of new businesses, which makes it possible to create high-tech products which are in demand in the new technological paradigm.
“The alliance with the technological partner is a strategically important milestone for the development of Rosatom’s energy storage business. This will increase production capacity, significantly enhance our expertise and applications based on lithium-ion batteries and also facilitate access to foreign markets. In addition, local manufacturing content in Russia means not just new technologies and products, but also new jobs”, Natalia Nikipelova, President of TVEL Fuel Company, commented.
Lithium-ion batteries are considered to be one of the most advanced and popular energy storage technologies. Due to the combination of affordable prices and high performance, such batteries have become the key component for development of environmentally friendly passenger transport – electric vehicles. Establishment of a world-class battery production enterprise in Russia would also become a landmark event for the national automotive industry. Reducing dependence on imports, associated commercial risks and, as the result, lower cost of the final products could become an incentive for production growth and widespread introduction of Russian-made electric transport.
The demand for energy storage systems is also growing in the power industry – lithium-ion storage systems facilitate transformation of the energy sector. These technologies are efficient for uninterrupted power supply and rational use of electricity since they allow subjects of power system accumulating energy during surplus periods and give it away during shortfall. They also help solve the problem of stability of energy system and regulate power fluctuations which are typical for the power systems with developing renewable energy sector.
In comparison with lead-acid batteries, lithium-ion storage systems allow several times faster accumulation and release of energy, the number of their operating cycles is three times longer, they are compact and do not require maintenance. According to Bloomberg forecasts, the annual demand for lithium-ion batteries in the next 10 years will grow 10 times and by 2031 will amount to more than 2 thousand GW*h (2 TW*h)
RENERA (an enterprise of Rosatom's TVEL Fuel Company) is an actively developing nuclear industry integrator in energy storage systems field. The company engages in lithium-ion batteries for in-plant and logistics electrical engineering and also offers solutions for emergency power supply and no-break power supply, smoothing load demand and energy storage systems for hybrid systems. Having a R&D center allows to develop along with typical systems, complex solutions for individual customer requirements. The team accompanies the project from R&D to production, provides service. The integrator has dozens of completed projects; solutions with a unit capacity to of up to 1 MW are in the pipeline. https://renera.com/
Enertech International Inc. – is a South Korean company established in 2001. The company is one of the leading national manufactures of lithium-ion cells, batteries and energy storage systems, which are widely used in electronic devices, electric vehicles and power systems. The company’s products are supplied to various countries and regions of the world. http://www.enertechint.com/
TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom (Fuel Division of Rosatom State Corporation) includes facilities for nuclear fuel fabrication, uranium conversion and enrichment, gas centrifuges manufacturing, as well as research and development enterprises. Being the sole supplier of the Russian nuclear power plants, TVEL provides fuel for 75 power reactors in 15 countries in total, research reactors in nine countries, as well as reactors of the Russian nuclear vessels fleet. Every sixth commercial reactor in the world runs on TVEL fuel. The Fuel Division of Rosatom is the world's largest producer of enriched uranium.
The Fuel Division is dynamically developing new businesses in the field of chemistry, metallurgy, energy storage, additive manufacturing, digital solutions, as well as decommissioning of nuclear facilities. TVEL’s corporate structure also includes the Rosatom’s integrator companies for development of additive technologies and energy storage systems. http://www.tvel.ru