Chinese battery maker Narada’s launch of its first large-scale battery storage project outside of China in Germany should spur both countries to expand technical and economic cooperation, a top Chinese diplomat has said.
Narada formally inaugurated the 15-megawatt/25 megawatt-hour Langenreichenbach lead-carbon battery system near Leipzig, in partnership with German electric energy storage operator the Upside Group, on 14 September.
Wang Weidong, head of the economic and trade department at China’s embassy in Berlin, told the launch ceremony battery development was one example of how increased cooperation in sharing knowhow and technology cold benefit both countries.
“The international economy is being challenged by some powerful countries. China and Germany should work more closely together to face this challenge,” said Wang (pictured, centre left, with Narada CEO Chen Bo).
The diplomat also cautioned against what he said were moves by the German to restrict foreign investment in certain sectors of the economy.
Narada is supplying the China-made batteries for the project, in which it has a 55% stake to Upside’s 45%.
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