FINCANTIERI AND FAIST GIVE BIRTH TO THE POWER4FUTURE JOINT VENTURE
The new company will produce lithium batteries
28 May 2021
Trieste/London, 28 May, 2021 – Fincantieri SI, a company of Fincantieri leader 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 specialized in the development and supply of complete energy storage systems (including control and power electronic devices), together have founded Power4Future, a joint venture dedicated to the production of lithium-ion batteries, considered fundamental in many industrial market segments and a source of competitive advantage for those companies and countries that own this technology.
The batteries produced by Power4Future will furthermore contribute enormously towards achieving the decarbonization 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.
Power4Future will be present at the Venice Boat Show starting tomorrow, Saturday May 29.
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 2 GWh in 5 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”. Natali added: “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”.