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World's Largest Li-Ion Battery Factory Launched in Novosibirsk Oblast
Dec 15 2011 Source: RUSNANO (PR)
Liotech, a joint venture between RUSNANO and Chinese holding company
Thunder Sky, has launched the world's largest high-capacity
lithium-ion battery factory near Novosibirsk. Investments in the
project exceed 13.5 billion rubles. The plant, which covers more than
40,000 square meters, was built in record time-nine months from start
RUSNANO CEO Anatoly Chubais, First Deputy Governor of Novosibirsk
Oblast Alexei Khomlyansky, and Liotech CEO Alexander Erokhin
participated in the opening ceremonies.
The Liotech plant will produce batteries of various capacities
(200 Ah, 300 Ah, and 700 Ah) using environmentally safe
nanostructured cathode material of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4).
Among all materials used in mass production, this one provides the
best battery properties.
The new factory has design capacity of more than 1 GWh or
approximately one million batteries per year. Capacity is sufficient
to equip 500,000 electric buses with batteries.
Liotech produces service-free lithium-ion batteries that are
distinguished for their high energy density. They are capable of
working in a wide range of temperatures. These characteristics give
Liotech batteries considerable breadth of use-in electric vehicle
transport and in electric power generation as storage systems and
sources of uninterruptible power supply. Additionally, after their
use in electric transport, these batteries can be used for 10 years
to 15 years as batteries for the electric-power industry. Use of
these types of batteries is absolutely safe for the environment.
The company has already signed a number of contracts for battery
supply prior to commissioning the plant, which indicates the high
demand for Liotech's products. Prime customer MOBEL has already
concluded a three-billion-ruble contract for batteries.
"The new factory is an outstanding example of the local impact of
transferring the foreign high technology. It has led to construction
of modern production facilities. When plant capacity has been met,
more than 500 individuals will be employed. In realizing a program
to replace imports, we are creating an entire cluster of new high-
tech production for materials and components related to the
batteries and also an engineering center which is an excellent
synergy," RUSNANO Managing Director Sergey Polikarpov said.
"Implementation of public electric transport equipped with our
lithium-ion batteries will significantly improve the environment in
large cities in Russia. Use of the batteries in combination with
alternative sources of energy will promote the development of 'green
technology' and increase the energy efficiency of the Russian
economy. We are already seeing interest in our storage batteries
from Russian Railways, the Moscow Metro, electric power networks and
power generating companies, businesses in the military industrial
complex, the public utilities sector, and telecommunications
companies," noted Liotech CEO Alexander Erokhin.
Applications of Liotech batteries
Thanks to their unique properties, lithium-ion batteries have a
broad range of uses:
As automotive batteries for electric vehicle transport. The cost of
operating electric buses is one-fifth to one-seventh that of
operating buses with internal combustion engines.
As energy storage units for alternative sources of energy, among
them solar panels and wind turbines.
As energy storage units for smoothing peak loads in electric power
systems and for regulating voltage frequency at power stations and
in electric power networks.
As mobile emergency power supply sources for cargo transport by
As sources of uninterruptible power supply for particularly important
objects of infrastructure, including public transportation systems,
airports, railways, hospitals, and data storage centers.
Advantages of Liotech batteries
No memory effect after many charge-discharge cycles.
Large travel distance of an electric bus with one charge-up to 300
Battery service life exceeding 600,000 kilometers, or seven to eight
years of operation.
70 percent charge in 20 minutes using high-amperage current.
Safety and reliability confirmed by international certifications.
Comparatively low cost of the batteries-several times lower than
their nearest rivals.
Capable of operating within a large range of temperatures, -45°C to
Liotech is a joint enterprise of RUSNANO and international holding
company Thunder Sky. Liotech produces high-capacity lithium-ion
batteries based on production technology from Thunder Sky whose
batteries have been awarded international certificates for large-
scale production. The batteries are easily adaptable to series of
transportation models. They have been used and enhanced in municipal
passenger and cargo electric transport in China, Europe, and the
United States for more than five years.
Liotech's production base is located in Novosibirsk Oblast at the
PNK-Tolmachevo industrial-logistics park. The factory meets all
standards for technological and environmental safety. For more
information, please visit www.liotech.ruOpen in new window.
RUSNANO was founded in March 2011 as an open joint stock company
through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of
Nanotechnologies. RUSNANO's mission is to develop the Russian
nanotechnology industry through co-investment in nanotechnology
projects with substantial economic potential or social benefit. The
Government of the Russian Federation owns 100 percent of the shares
in RUSNANO. Anatoly Chubais is CEO and chairman of the Executive
Board of RUSNANO.
Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and training for
nanotechnology specialists, formerly conducted by the Russian
Corporation of Nanotechnologies, has been entrusted to the Fund for
Infrastructure and Educational Programs, a non-commercial fund also
established through reorganization of the Russian Corporation of
Nanotechnologies. [©2011, Nanowerk All Rights Reserved]
I wonder who Thunder Sky refers to, Winston or Sinopoly?
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A web search on Liotech brings up
which you can translate using babelfish or Google, but I just clicked
on the Thundersky image at the bottom of the page and got
which again you can translate, but it has Winston's smiling face on
it so, I am willing to let it go that Winston is associated with the
Liotech joint venture.
It's a whole other topic to join in the finger pointing battery wars
between Winston & Sinopoly. Anyone wanting to wade into that muck
can by doing a simple web search using keywords Winston Sinopoly
. I prefer to let the Hong Kong high court figure that one out, and
may the better battery company win.
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