Saft has opened a new manufacturing hub for energy storage solutions (ESS) in Zhuhai, China. The facility in Zhuhai expands Saft’s production capabilities for energy storage solutions (ESS) to three continents, including existing sites in Bordeaux, France and Jacksonville, US. This will enhance the company’s capacity to serve the global ESS market and support the transition to renewable energy.
Lithium-ion battery maker Saft — a subsidiary of French fossil fuel firm Total— has inaugurated its new electrolyte workshop at Poitiers, France.
Announced last year, the additional 1,900 square metre facility will double the site’s annual production capacity to 1,000 tonnes when production begins early next year.
French fossil fuel firm Total plans to build pilot battery manufacturing facilities in Europe combining the knowledge of its lithium-ion battery making arm Saft and vehicle OEM Groupe PSA.
The partners intend to establish a joint venture named Automotive Cell Company (ACC) with the goal of producing electric vehicle batteries starting in 2023.
Power utility E.ON is replacing lead-acid backup power batteries from a distribution substation in the north west of Hungary with Saft’s nickel cadmium technology.
The pilot project aims to show how Saft’s Uptimax maintenance-free nickel pocket plate batteries can be installed as a direct Plug and Play replacement for time-served lead-acid batteries.
North American lead-acid giant East Penn Manufacturing has reaffirmed its intention of moving into the lithium-ion market with the purchase of a majority interest in Navitas Systems.
The move allows East Penn to expand its motive power battery offering and ‘strategic integration’ into other market segments in a bid to provide a wider range of energy storage system solutions.
French company Saft, the battery subsidiary of fossil fuel giant Total, has started work on a €9 million ($10m) project to expand its electrolyte manufacturing site in Poitiers, western France.
The 1,800 square metre facility, expected to start operations next year, will initially double the site’s annual production capacity to 1,000 tonnes, Saft said.
Saft has expanded its Zuhai battery cells plant in China to ramp up production for rail projects in Asia.
The French battery maker said on 20 May its new assembly line for MRX and MSX nickel-cadmium battery cells— which increases the plant's production capacity by up to 19 megampere-hours per year— is Saft’s “most important development in Asia” since it moved Zuhai to its existing 12,000m² site.
France’s Saft and Chinese lead-acid battery group Tianneng Energy Technology have formed a joint venture (JV) to expand lithium-ion manufacturing and “scale up its e-mobility and energy storage businesses”.
The JV will “primarily focus on the development, manufacturing and sales of advanced lithium-ion cells, modules and packs”. Production will be based at Tianneng’s Changxing factory, with a potential annual manufacturing capacity of 5.5GWh.
“This is a first strategic move driven by Total, following its acquisition of Saft in 2016,” said Patrick Poyanné, CEO of Total, the French battery manufacturer’s parent company. “The JV will allow Saft to join forces with a Chinese partner, a world leading lead-acid battery manufacturer, willing to develop its lithium-ion activities.