• Aug 2nd 2010 at 4:01PM
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Sanyo's Kasai Plant in Japan

Sanyo Electric Co., a common name in the rechargeable battery industry, has completed construction of its new production facility for lithium-ion automotive batteries. The li-ion facility is located on the grounds of the company's Kasai Plant in Hyogo prefecture, Japan. The new factory is currently capable of producing up to one million battery cells per month, but output could be increased if demand is sufficient to warrant it.

Though Sanyo is a leading supplier for automotive nickel metal hydride batteries, its work with li-ion technology is still ramping up. Sanyo has partnered with Volkswagen to co-develop li-ion batteries for the company's upcoming hybrid models and will supply Suzuki with lithium-ion batteries for its plug-in hybrid fleet vehicles. Sanyo has big dreams, though, and has said it wants to capture 40 percent of the entire global automotive rechargeable battery market by 2020. Follow the jump to learn more about Sanyo's new li-ion facility.

[Source: Sanyo]


SANYO Completes New Factory for Li-ion Batteries for Eco-friendly Vehicles
Expanding battery production capacity to meet the growing global demand for eco-friendly vehicles

Tokyo, July 30, 2010 - SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO), a world leader of rechargeable battery technologies, is pleased to announce the completion of SANYO's new factory for the lithium-ion batteries for eco-friendly vehicles in its Kasai Plant (Kasai city, Hyogo prefecture, Japan.)

Given the growing public concern for conserving the environment, SANYO is enhancing the development of rechargeable batteries for eco-friendly vehicles, which is expecting increased market demand. SANYO has already been supplying nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) to Ford, Honda and Volkswagen, while a co-development of the NiMH batteries with PSA Peugeot Citroen.

In addition, SANYO is co-developing lithium-ion batteries for HEV with the Volkswagen group. SANYO lithium-ion batteries for Plug-in HEV will also be housed in SUZUKI's fleet vehicles.

The completion of the new factory will make it possible for SANYO to further meet demands of the lithium-ion batteries for eco-friendly vehicles from various auto makers. The factory will start with a production capacity of 1 million cells per month, with the aim to expand the production scale depending on demand.

SANYO is focusing on a global expansion of its rechargeable battery business for eco-friendly vehicles with aggressive investments in the business.

Outline of the new factory

1. Construction cost: Approximately 13 billion yen (excluding costs for incidental works etc)
2. Construction schedule: Groundbreaking in September 2009, Completion in July 2010
3. Total floor area: 42,831m2 (five-story)
4. Product: Lithium-ion batteries for eco-friendly vehicles
5. Production capacity: 1 million cells per month at the beginning (planned)

Outline of current Kasai Plant (as of July 2010)

1. Name: Kasai Plant
2. Address:1 94-4 Tokonabe-cho, Kasai-city, Hyogo prefecture, Japan
3. Site area: Approximately 188,000 m2
4. Description of business: Development and production of NiMH battery systems for HEV
Development of home appliances such as vacuum cleaners, massage chairs and electric hybrid bicycles etc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a beautiful thing.

      Too bad it's not in Iowa.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The press release comes with an aerial photo no doubt to show off all of those solar panels.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, that grabbed my attention also.

        Good to see.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well, show us a spec sheet and a price. anything else is quite irrelevant
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, if you were an auto maker, they'd be eager to show you the specs and pricing, but they aren't selling EV batteries to the general public, at least not yet. Their first concern is supplying the demand from auto makers for hybrid and EV batteries, that will keep them busy for years.

        We won't see them supplying batteries for hobby EV conversions until the demand from major auto makers is satisfied.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that's such a disgusting argument. you just say that without thinking, to justify status quo.
        as if it was a burden for a company that demand is high..
        if they were rational beings they would welcome all sales. but because they are douche suits they have faith in lies and deception and manipulation as well as irrational fears.
        most likely they could have a webshop for smaller volume sales where they might be able to make 10% more profit whereas the automakers will cut them to the bone.

        heck they could sell them through digikey.com and similar like they do with electronics components. that would be great
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was trying to sort out what chemistry Sanyo are using in their lithium batteries.
      Apparently it is a similar manganese spinel technology to that of Nissan, and just like Nissan they are trying to go to NMC, which offers the chance to increase energy densities to around 250Wh/kg.
      It is encouraging that Kokam uses NMC, and reckon they get 1,500 cycles from it.
      The first to introduce it in a big way should clean up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ms.Helen Ren ******************** Qinhuangdao Xinchi Photoelectricity Technology Co.,Ltd 275km South to No.102 National Road, Shenhe Industry Park, Funing County, Qinhuangdao,Hebei,China Tel: 0086-335-6309637 Fax: 0086-335-6309632 Msn: helenxcgd@msn.cn Skype: helenxcgd Yahoo ID: helenxcgd@yahoo.cn http://xcgd.en.alibaba.com/ http://www.xcgdbattery.com 公司简介: About Us Qinhuangdao Xinchi Photoelectricity Technology Co.,Ltd., was established in 2006, specializing in Research and Development, manufacture of high quality Li-ion battery. We offer wide ranges of batteries, LiFePO4 battery, LiMn2O4 battery, and also Li(NiCoMn)O2 battery, which are widely used in Electric Vehicle, Electric Bicycles, Power tools, Industrial miner's lamp, UPS, other industry and military fields, etc. With Advanced production equipment, professional manufacturing team, proficient production skills, we can produce more than 120000Ah per day. We have high-precision coating machine from Hirano Tecseed Co. Ltd (Japan), full-automatic Slitter Machine from Nishimura Mfg. Co., Ltd. (Japan), and full-automatic Filling Machine from Hibar systems limited (Canada), and many other imported production equipment or domestic high-end auxiliary equipment to ensure our products high quality and consistency. XINCHI products will not only be tested during every step of the whole production process, but also exfactory inspection will be taken, for example over discharge, anti-aging, short circuit, drop, extrusion, prickling, and other safety inspection. Advanced testing equipment and professional quality inspection system are an efficient guarantee to the quality of our products. Therefore, every index of XINCHI products is better than national standard. At the moment, all the batteries of our company has got ISO,CE ,UN38.3,MSDS and ROHS certificates.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how much power the panels generate compared to how much the factory uses? Probably only a fraction, but very good too see regardless since renewable power directly offsets fossil fuel power.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Their breakeven point is probably a lot lower since they make panels and don't have to pay retail costs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        From a Sanyo news release:

        a large-scale Smart Energy System is being installed as a “Plant SES.” This system combines individual technologies, such as a 1MW HIT solar power generation system (Energy Creation); a 1.5MWh large-capacity high-voltage lithium-ion battery (Energy Storage); and an energy management system for coordinating a variety of energy-saving equipment, with a system to integrally control all these.

        so they're using both the batteries they're making and their panels- a good test-bed
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly Paul. Sanyo makes PV panels. So, they'll probably easily make back the small amount it costs to manufacture them with a much lower electrical bill over the life of the panels. Plus they probably get some sort of renewable energy credit.

        Solar is still pretty expensive . . . but if you get the panels straight from the source (because you are the source) and you look at the long term view, it will be a net financial gain.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just accounting for those modules in the visible range and extending the cut-off rows amounts to a total of approx. 1000 modules. Guessing that they would have implemented their newest technology e.g. hip 250 would imply 250 W or 0.25 kW / module.
        1000 Modules x 0.25 kW = 250 kWp.
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