CATL and KStar partnership to build two new factories in China

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The partnership focuses on a range of products and solutions, including power conversion systems (PCS), UPS-integrated battery packs, EV chargers and solar-plus-storage. Image: Kstar.

Energy storage manufacturing giant CATL has partnered with Shenzhen KSTAR Science & Technology to construct a new lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility Fujian, China.

The facility, which is being developed with an overall investment of US$150 million, is expected to have an initial output of 1GWh, manufacturing both lithium-ion battery packs and integrated products targeted at the solar-plus-storage sector.

It will comprise two factories based in the Xiapu Economic Development Zone, featuring two production lines for energy storage PCS equipment, two lines for charging lines and an additional line for battery pack assembly.

More than 600 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of the development, KSTAR and CATL said in a statement.

Yesterday, reported that one of CATL's customer-partners in the US, Powin Energy, has launched its first range of battery energy storage systems using CATL's large format prismatic lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cells, including a product aimed directly at solar-plus-storage applications, enabling storage duration of more than four hours and offering warranties up to 20 years. 

This story first appeared on PV Tech. 

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