Fincantieri teams with Faist in new battery system venture

Fincantieri and Faist Electronics have established Power4Future, a joint venture dedicated to the production of lithium-ion batteries.

Fincantieri SI, a Fincantieri subsidiary active in the integration of electric propulsion systems and complex electromechanical systems in the marine (cold ironing) and land segment, and Faist Electronics, a Faist Group company specialised in the development and supply of complete energy storage systems have established Power4Future, a joint venture dedicated to the production of lithium-ion batteries.

The batteries produced by Power4Future will contribute enormously towards achieving the decarbonisation goals underlying the national Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP), which has set specific goals and priorities to make the Italian ports and transportation in general, more green.

The industrial partnership envisages the construction of a facility to produce batteries, followed by the design, assembly, marketing and after-sales services for modules and battery packs, including control devices such as battery management systems (BMS) and ancillary systems (such as fire protection and air conditioning for complete battery stationary systems): the expected cumulative production exceeds 2GWh in five years.

Power4Future will present itself as a reference partner in several markets: automotive (with particular reference to commercial vehicles), telecommunication and industrial (i.e. material handling machines), where Faist Electronics is already present, but also in the marine and land-based energy storage applications, where Fincantieri SI is well established.

Gianfranco Natali, President and founder of FAIST Group, said, “We are proud of this partnership with Fincantieri, the symbol of the Italian shipbuilding excellence and more. In a green energy setting, lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems will be the new fuel tank for the maritime and land mobility of the future. Together with Fincantieri, this is the vision that guided us towards creating Power4Future, a name that reveals our commitment to future generations to do our best for a completely “green” future. At Faist, we see the new production company, Power4Future, as a convergence of internationally unparalleled technological knowhow and experience, capable of ensuring a successful leading position in the production of lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems for various applications”.

Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, commented, “Future environmental protection regulations will drive ship owners to adopt new alternative solutions to those currently based on internal combustion engines, in order to produce and use energy. Faced with the need for greater storage capacity, lithium-ion batteries today are the only solution that is both technically and economically sustainable for full electric vessels, which currently makes them one of the most important assets not only for the naval industry, but also for all the other sectors where we will be able to operate with this new company”.

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