Monday, November 13, 2023
GUS Technology recently held the grand opening ceremony of Taiwan’s first battery gigafactory, which is located in Jhongli Industrial Park. The inauguration was attended by domestic and foreign guests, including Vice President Chi-Chang Tsai of the Legislative Yuan, Deputy Mayor Ming-jiuh Wang of Taoyuan City, and Deputy Director-General Chih-Ching Yang of Industrial Development Bureau, MOEA.
The gigafactory symbolizes GUS Technology’s success in helping Taiwan’s lithium battery industry reach a new milestone. Optimistic about Taiwan’s talent and industrial development, GUS Technology, which focuses on lithium titanate (LTO) and NCM material systems, has entered into the design, development, and manufacturing of battery modules for electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage since the end of 2019. The total investment in the overall construction of the Jhongli gigafactory has reached NT$4 billion ($130.2 million at $1:NT$30.72). The gigafactory is expected to create more than 250 jobs for the local population after its launch, hoping to attract outstanding talents who are passionate about the battery industry to jointly promote the development of the industry, and in turn provide local talents with the opportunity to shine on the international stage.
“GUS is proud of Made in Taiwan (MIT). The design, manufacturing process, and site planning of the first gigafactory in Taiwan have been carried out with two fundamental elements in mind: local talents and international standards. We have found that countries worldwide are rapidly going into the competition in the energy industry. With the integration of Taiwan’s industrial resources and talents with innovative resources and core technologies, GUS Technology has enabled Taiwan to secure a key position in the international energy market with its high-end and customized R&D capabilities. The world will soon see Taiwan’s battery R&D innovation and manufacturing strength,” said Dr. C.C. Chang, chairman of GUS Technology.
GUS Technology also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Echion Technologies of the UK, Beyonder of Norway, and Midwest Energy Pvt of India, under which GUS Technology will collaborate each in different aspects such as battery cell anode materials, energy storage equipment, and raw materials. In the face of a new wave driven by factors such as the third energy transition and global climate change, GUS Technology says it will work with partners to continue to develop and integrate battery modules applications and jointly provide the most advanced solution for various green energy applications.
GUS Technology has the R&D competence of upstream materials, cell design, and manufacturing and modules to application end, and has successively developed differentiated products and various applications. After continuous development, research and improvement, GUS Technology has introduced high-quality materials into battery manufacturing, optimized the overall product yield, and developed lithium batteries with independent technology that has the characteristics of high safety, high discharge rate, high storage power, wide working temperature range, and long cycle life.
Slated for production in the third quarter of 2023 with an initial capacity of 250MWh, the battery gigafactory aims to boost production to more than 1GWh in the second quarter of 2024.
GUS Technology aims to make Taiwan a global R&D and manufacturing center for key materials of new energy batteries and key components of high-end equipment. It also strives to become a key promoter of Taiwan’s lithium battery circular economy to a longer and more sustainable cycle in the future. In 2022, the company collaborated with InoBat Auto, a top EV battery R&D company in Europe.
“Excellent battery manufacturing technology, battery pack design and assembly technology form the basis of our cooperation with GUS Technology. We believe that the newly opened gigafactory will become a major driving force for accelerating the cooperation projects between Kaneka Corp. and GUS Technology,” said Hidekazu Kuromatsu, team leader of the Lithium Battery Team at Kaneka’s Institute of Electronics, who has also been cooperating with GUS Technology for a long time.
GUS Technology also joined hands with Toshiba Corp. this year.
“Toshiba has long regarded Taiwan, which is friendly with Japan, as the most important customer area, and is also committed to using its battery technology and products to solve various problems in Taiwan. Toshiba firmly believes that the batteries produced by GUS Technology can help solve the environmental problems not only for Taiwan, but also the world,” said Okada Yoshihiro, general manager of Toshiba’s battery business department.
GUS Technology’s gigafactory has two buildings: a main production base to manufacture lithium battery cells, and a R&D center that is mainly responsible for the technology development of new generation batteries. In addition, it implements energy saving and carbon reduction measures and adopts a green and low-carbon emission plan, allowing the improved equipment in the gigafactory to save more than 70GWh of electricity annually. The gigafactory also has a wastewater recycling mechanism to effectively save water resources. Finally, the gigafactory area conducts strict carbon footprint inspections to meet international standards in order to contribute to environmental sustainability.
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