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LG Energy partners with Hanwha Group for US energy storage systems market

Source: LGES
LG Energy Solution has signed a MoU with three companies of Hanwha Group - namely, Hanwha Solutions, owner of US clean energy provider 'Qcells', Hanwha Corporation/Momentum, and Hanwha Aerospace - to collaborate on its battery business in the United States. 

With the new MoU partners, LGES will make joint investment in establishing energy storage systems (ESS) battery production lines in the U.S., thereby securing market leadership in the rapidly-growing ESS market, an important pillar of U.S. green energy policies, according to the company. 

The companies will also work on maximizing synergies and expanding the application of batteries to future mobility fields such as Urban Air Mobility (UAM), it added. 

As per the MoU, LGES and Hanwha Group will invest in ESS-exclusive battery production lines and develop technologies for ESS battery solutions. The collaboration will enable Qcells to secure a stable battery supply for the U.S. power grid market (especially ESS batteries). 

Steady procurement is becoming ever more important in the ESS market, as its demand is increasing along with the expanded use of green energy and the need to stabilize the power grid and upgrade the efficiency of the electric power delivery system1, claims LGES. 

Having successfully positioned itself as number one company in the U.S. residential and commercial solar module markets, Qcells aims to become a leading company in not only solar power market, but also in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), and ESS business development by securing stable battery supply and competitive product procurement.

With the MoU, LGES has now secured another stable market demand in the U.S. clean energy market where the fastest growth is expected, and thereby claims to have established a solid growth platform by reinforcing its well-balanced business portfolio of three sectors: advanced automotive batteries, mobility & IT batteries, and ESS batteries.

It is to be noted that in 2022, LGES establishing a new corporation named LG Energy Solution Vertech. Inc., to offer customers a streamlined approach to energy storage system integration and a secure battery supply chain through LGES.

Further, on battery manufacturing and special-purpose batteries, LGES will also work closely with Hanwha Corporation/Momentum, an automation engineering solutions company, and cooperate on businesses related to battery manufacturing equipment. 

LGES is currently constructing joint venture plants in North America with major automakers including GM (three Ultium Cells plants), Stellantis, and Honda, and also has plans to further expand the production capacities of its own facilities in Michigan (U.S.), Poland and Ochang (South Korea).

"Our partnership with Hanwha Group is expected to take the competitiveness of each company's battery-related businesses a step further," said LG Energy Solution. "By signing this MoU with leading, like-minded energy companies, we put ourselves in the best possible position to successfully expand the influence of our solar and ESS businesses in the U.S., and we will do our very best to provide customers with comprehensive green energy solutions."

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"We have decided to collaborate with LG Energy Solution, which has several large-scale manufacturing facilities being constructed in U.S., to target the U.S. ESS market boasting fast growth thanks to green energy policies," said Hanwha Group. "Our aim is to maximize synergy at home and abroad by promoting partnerships in various fields, such as battery manufacturing equipment and special-purpose batteries."

Author : Dhiyanesh Ravichandran
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