This is great news for the Russians. The world’s largest Li-Ion battery plant has opened in the country. As far as the job seekers in the US are concerned, what they have lost is much more than a company. There are numerous direct jobs in the company and in a world where job openings are scarce; it indeed is a blow to those who haven’t found their jobs yet in the US.
The Russian plant is a manufacturing facility titled Liotech based in Novobirsk and is a joint venture between Chinese firms ‘Thunder Sky’ and Rusnano – a state run corporation which got setup again in the last few months.
The company has already signed contracts to supply batteries at reasonable prices. As many as 500 people are yet to be hired to work at the facility. The total investment in the project has amounted to more than 13.5 billion rubles (about $426.92400 million).
The plant which has an overall area of production of over 40 000 sqm, has been built in a record-breaking period – in just 9 months.
Using ecofriendly nanostructured cathode lithium – ferrum – phosphate material (LiFePO4), the Liotech plant will output batteries with different nominal capacities: 200, 300 and 700 Ampere hour.
As of today, this material allows to achieve the best performance of the batteries within the frame of their industrial manufacturing. The planned capacity of new plant will amount to over 1 GWh or about 1 million batteries per year.
This enables to equip with the batteries about 5, 000 electric buses annually. The Liotech lithium-ion batteries differ in such a way that they have high-power density, do not need secondary service and have a wide temperature range of usage.
These characteristics would enable buyers to use them widely in electric transport, as well as in power industry as energy storage devices and uninterruptible power supplies.
Moreover, after the batteries have been used in electric transport, they still can be utilized as accumulators in the power industry for 10-15 years more. Doesn’t that sound nice?