Energy Absolute To Construct 50 GWh Battery Factory In Asia

2 days ago by Mark Kane 8

Asia powers Battery Making (source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has came across an interesting emerging battery manufacturer – Energy Absolute, which hints at manufacturing plans comparable to that of Tesla’s Gigafactory.

Energy Absolute

The little-known company operates out of Thailand, and is currently engaged in renewable energy generation.

“Energy Absolute Pcl, which has morphed in recent years from a producer of biodiesel to Thailand’s leading renewable energy company, is eyeing a major push into energy storage with plans to develop a factory somewhere in Asia that would rival Tesla’s Gigafactory in both size and scope.”

“Energy Absolute, founded by Somphote Ahunai, vowed in 2014 to spend about 46 billion baht to increase its renewable energy generation capacity to as much as 570 megawatts by 2017. Capacity at Energy Absolute’s renewable power plants will increase to 404 megawatts this year and will climb further to 664 megawatts next year”

In third or fourth quarter, EA (not the gaming company) intends to finalize the location of its battery manufacturing facility (in Thailand or abroad), which by 2020 could have 50 GWh of annual production capacity. Investment is estimated at 100 billion baht ($2.9 billion).

The batteries would be mainly designed for energy storage systems, but Energy Absolute doesn’t exclude EVs.

For the first stage, the investment will be just 3 billion baht ($88 million) for 1 GWh worth of annual production capacity, that will be scaled up step by step.  Looking at what we have seen from other projects, we aren’t sure this is a realistic expectations of costs – unless there are some massive government incentives at play, or already a suitable locations to easily adapt for making batteries.

Net income of Energy Absolute could in 2017 reach record 4.75 billion baht according to a Bloomberg survey.

It’s still also not clear whether EA has know-how on high volume lithium-ion cell production, but the company has a 35.2 percent stake in Amita Technologies Inc., a Taiwan-based manufacturer of lithium ion and polymer batteries, so it likely has the fundamentals of the process down pat.

source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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9 responses to "Energy Absolute To Construct 50 GWh Battery Factory In Asia"

  1. Ambulator says:

    Since they are primarily going for stationary applications they have the opportunity to go for low cost; no cobalt and maybe no lithium. Of course, that would require innovation, which is not common in that part of the world.

    1. JIMJFOX says:

      “intends to finalize the location of its battery manufacturing facility (in Thailand or abroad)”

      Missed THAT bit, did you??

    2. Karsten Nyblad says:

      There are already such batteries. BYD is using Lithium-Iron-Phosfor batteries, but is changing to NCM, because they are ligther.

  2. Taylor S Marks says:

    I’m thinking EA Games is going to have a problem with the E@ logo this company is using…

    1. JIMJFOX says:

      I’m thinking NOT. The logo’s are distinctly different.
      Besides, the EA gaming lot are producing what? Garbage for the ‘nerds in mum’s basement’ set; making whole generations of kids with little connection to the real world…

      1. JIMJFOX says:

        I forget to mention the far greater hordes of nerds gaming at the internet cafes!!
        Just depressing…

  3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    All questions aside about how realistic this company’s plans are, I really hope they can pull it off.

    Elon Musk said that we need about 100 battery Gigafactories worldwide to shift all gasmobile production over to BEVs.

    So if Energy Absolute can build and run a 50 GHw factory by 2020… then that would make two out of the needed 100!

  4. JIMJFOX says:

    Living in Thailand I observe the country is a long way behind in EV adoption, being an emerging economy.
    This proposal is a big surprise & likely not aimed initially at the Thai market, though reliable power supply IS a problem in some areas.
    There are submissions to Gov’t for Thai-built EV’s because duties and taxes on imported vehicles are idiotic- up to 800% in some cases. So, nearly all ICE’s are built locally by Honda, Toyota, et al.

    Oddly, internet speeds are WAY higher [up to 100Gb/sec] than many & smartphone market is saturated; landlines are obsolete.

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