On November 10, French battery manufacturer Saft officially opened a new production plant for energy storage system (ESS) in Zhuhai, a city in China’s Guangdong Province. In its announcement of the event, Saft states that the plant will provide products and services to customers worldwide.
As a battery maker since 1918, Saft has established a well-integrated method for developing energy storage products. The company supports its clients in every stage, including concept design, system scaling, system engineering, product delivery, and grid connection. With this comprehensive approach, ESS operators will be able to maximize performance and keep down the total cost of ownership at the same time. The opening of the new plant in Zhuhai also affirms that Saft is highly optimistic about the future demand situation as more countries have begun to implement their energy transition strategies.
Hervé Amossé, executive VP of Saft’s ESS and mobility division, said that the investment in the Zhuhai plant reflects his company’s transformation from a battery supplier to a provider of complete energy solutions. Looking ahead, Amossé expects Saft to receive more customers that are seeking solutions related to fully-integrated energy storage and microgrid.
Saft now has three strategic manufacturing hubs including the Zhuhai plant. The other two are respectively located in Bordeaux, France and Jacksonville, US. Covering an area of 6,600 square meters, the newly built Zhuhai plant has a production capacity of around 200 energy storage containers per year. Measured in megawatt hours, the production capacity of the plant is around 480 megawatt-hours per year.
Regarding products, the Zhuhai plant is currently manufacturing Intensium Max 20 High Energy containers. Launched in 2019, the Intensium Max 20 is boasted to be the leader among utility-scale solutions with respect to energy density, energy efficiency, operational lifespan, and other performance criteria. According to the specification details, the Intensium Max 20 offers 2.5 megawatt-hours of storage and 1.2 megawatts of output.
As many countries proceed to integrate renewable generation systems into their grids as part of the energy transition process, expanding energy storage capacity will become increasingly important. High-energy containers such as those offered by Saft allow customers in the renewable industry to time-shift the output of their generation projects, defer grid investment via virtual power lines, and set up behind-the-meter storage capability for industrial and commercial facilities.
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