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Mitsubishi Power Americas’ Prevalon in tie-up with battery OEM Rept

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Mitsubishi Power Americas’ spinout BESS solution firm Prevalon has entered into a long-term supply deal with lithium-ion battery OEM Rept.

The company has entered into a partnership with lithium-ion battery manufacturer Rept Battero whereby it will use the latter’s Wending 320Ah lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries in its grid-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) solution.

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Prevalon will integrate Rept’s long-format modules into its 511 Integrated Energy Storage Platform, which is delivered as a complete assembly to project sites.

Discussing the announcement with Energy-Storage.news, Prevalon CEO Thomas Cornell said Rept will manufacture cells and modules, which will then be assembled by a third party with input from Rept and Prevalon for project delivery.

“We participate in the design part that relates to specific markets, utility requirements, grid interconnection requirements, and we layer our software on to that,” Cornell said.

Rept’s pedigree as a player across the entire battery supply chain was a big plus for Prevalon, Cornell said. Rept is part of the Wenzhou, China-headquartered Tsingshan group which is active in steel smelting as well as the mining of key battery materials like lithium and nickel.

Prevalon has already deployed 1.5GWh of BESS across North and South America using Rept battery cells, and the new agreement looks to increase that beyond 10GWh in the ‘short term’. The new partnership is essentially a deeper cooperation between the two companies, Cornell added.

The latest agreement also designates Prevalon as the service provider for Rept’s battery module fleet throughout the Americas.

Prevalon is a standalone BESS solution company that was spun out from Mitsubishi Power Americas earlier this year, and the start of this month saw it secure its first large-scale order since the spinout, from Idaho Power in the US.

Energy-Storage.news interviewed Cornell in 2022 when the company was still a division of Mitsubishi Power Americas.

Rept has signed supply deals with other system integrators Powin and Energy Vault (a company more known for its proprietary gravity energy storage technology) last year.

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