Vertically integrated energy storage solution company Leclanché and global battery manufacturer Narada Power have agreed to a strategic partnership for the manufacturing and development of lithium-ion battery technology for the Chinese and global markets.
As part of the partnership, Leclanché will provide Narada with technology transfer to achieve low-cost, scale manufacturing of Leclanché's proprietary high-cycling and fast-charging lithium titanate (LTO) and high energy density graphite nickel manganese cobalt (G-NMC) battery storage technologies.
In addition, Narada will manufacture both G-NMC and LTO at its facilities in Hangzhou, China – including the opening of a new 2.5GWh fabrication facility in 2017. This will assist manufacturing at Leclanché's Willstätt, Germany and Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland sites, providing more competitive costs to reach the stronger global pricing necessary to meet the needs of multiple end-markets – including stationary, microgrid, commercial and industrial and electric vehicle applications.
Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché SA, said: "This game-changing alliance positions Leclanché and Narada for worldwide leadership in the energy storage market. The alliance will cover the broadest range of battery technologies and systems integration expertise to competitively deliver a full range of energy storage applications across stationary, transport and commercial and industrial markets."
Bo Chen, president of Narada, added: "We are confident that Leclanché's G-NMC and LTO are advanced-class technologies. Through our cooperation we can drive global-leading technology performance. The alliance provides a foundation for expanding our market share in fast-growing sectors including for electric vehicles, renewable energy integration and telecom. Through our equity investment, Leclanché becomes Narada's strategic systems integration partner which is well-placed to enhance our ability to offer integrated energy storage solutions worldwide. I am confident that this alliance will grow to be a world leader in energy storage."