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India’s Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd, is to acquire 100% shareholding in the UK’s Faradion Limited for an enterprise value of £100 million. In addition, RNESL will also invest £25 million as growth capital to accelerate commercial roll out.
Based out of Sheffield and Oxford in the UK, Faradion is a global battery technology company that’s developing sodium-ion battery technology.
Sodium-ion batteries are cheaper and widely believed to be safer than lithium-ion, with a higher energy density and a wider operating temperature range than other batteries.
Reliance will use Faradion’s state-of-the-art technology at its proposed fully integrated energy storage gigafactory in Jamnagar in western India.Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, says: “We welcome Faradion and its experienced team to our Reliance family. This will further strengthen and build upon our ambition to create one of the most advanced and integrated New Energy ecosystem and put India at the forefront of leading battery technologies. The sodium-ion technology developed by Faradion provides a globally leading energy storage and battery solution which is safe, sustainable, provides high energy density and is significantly cost competitive. In addition, it has wide use applications from mobility to grid scale storage and back-up power.”
He adds: “Most importantly, it utilizes sodium, which will secure India’s energy storage requirements for its large renewable energy and fast-growing EV charging market. We will work with Faradion management and accelerate its plans to commercialise the technology through building integrated and end-to-end giga scale manufacturing in India. We believe this will be one of our many steps that will also enable, accelerate, and secure large scale energy storage requirements for our Indian partners developing and transforming India’s EV mobility and transport sector.”James Quinn, CEO of Faradion, comments: “Faradion has been one of the first to champion sodium-ion battery technology. Reliance is the perfect partner for supporting Faradion’s growth in the rapidly expanding Indian market and to jointly speed up the transformation of the global energy market. Becoming part of the Reliance group validates the incredible work our team has done in advancing sodium-ion technology.”
Dr Chris Wright, Chairman and Co-Founder of Faradion, states: “Dr Jerry Barker, Ashwin Kumaraswamy and I founded Faradion in 2010 to develop sodium-ion technology and bring it to market, with funds from Mercia Asset Management. This deal with Reliance firmly establishes Faradion’s sodium-ion batteries as an integral part of the global value chain for cheaper, cleaner, more sustainable energy for decades to come.”