Rosatom opened a new production of energy storage units in Moscow

The nuclear industry integrator for energy storage systems (ESS), RENERA, has opened a new assembly plant for lithium-ion energy storage systems on the territory of the Moscow Polymetal Plant (JSC MZP). #energy_news #Rosatom

MZP organized mass production of batteries for electric vehicles and fixed energy storage systems. The capacity of the new production is 10 times higher compared to the pilot production site created at the plant in 2021. The annual production volume will be up to 150 MWh of batteries for fixed systems (total capacity of manufactured devices) or about 2,000 traction batteries for electric vehicles.

The new production includes areas for electrical work, assembly and testing. Assembly and installation of electrical components, battery control units and boards are carried out here, along with assembly of energy storage devices based on lithium-ion battery modules. A full cycle of electrical and climatic acceptance tests of batteries is provided at the final stage at charging and discharging stations and at climatic equipment. Warehouse areas for storage of material components and finished products have been prepared taking into account the stock of the monthly output of finished products.

The order portfolio for 2023 includes traction batteries for urban public electric transport. It is also planned to produce prototype batteries for a line of Russian-made passenger electric vehicles. The confirmed requirements for fixed energy storage systems are at least 50 MWh.

The staff of production site at beginning includes several dozen people, these are engineers, assemblers, electrical engineers, testers, quality control specialists. As production develops, the number of employees will increase.

“Step by step, we are moving towards creation of a whole new industry in Russia: a large-scale vertically integrated production of energy storage units. This is of key importance to strengthen national technological sovereignty in the field of electric transport. In turn, we see prospects for an even wider participation of Rosatom in the chain of production of electric cars; nuclear industry enterprises are already able to produce 60% of all components of an electric vehicle,” said Natalya Nikipelova, President of TVEL JSC.

“In parallel with construction of a plant in the Kaliningrad Region, which will start operating in 2025, already now we are tasked with providing lithium-ion batteries to our partners—manufacturers of electric vehicles, representatives of electric grid companies and large industrial enterprises. New production platform will help us achieve our goals,” according to Alexander Kamashev, General Director of RENERA LLC.