Reliance New Energy Solar, a subsidiary of India’s largest private sector company Reliance Industries, is to acquire British company Faradion, a world leader in Sodium-ion battery technology for £100 million. In addition, Reliance will also invest £25 million as growth capital to accelerate commercial roll out.

Based out of Sheffield and Oxford in the UK, Faradion’s sodium-ion technology is said to provide significant advantages compared to lithium-ion technology, including greater sustainability, a patented zero-volt safe transport and storage capability and opportunity for scalability. The current total cost of ownership and performance is claimed to be comparable to established battery technology, but with significant potential for further improvements in both areas.

This, says Reliance “combines to offer the most exciting opportunity globally for scaling and accelerating the use of sodium-ion technology for energy storage and EV applications”.

Reliance will use Faradion’s state-of-the-art technology at its proposed fully integrated energy storage giga-factory as part of the Dhirubhai Ambani Green Energy Giga Complex project at Jamnagar in western India.

Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, said, “We welcome Faradion and its experienced team to Reliance family. This will further strengthen and build upon our ambition to create one of the most advanced and integrated New Energy ecosystems and put India at the forefront of leading battery technologies.

“The sodium-ion technology developed by Faradion provides a globally leading energy storage and battery solution which is safe, sustainable, provides high energy density and is significantly cost competitive. In addition, it has wide use applications from mobility to grid scale storage and back-up power.”

“Most importantly, it utilises sodium, which will secure India’s energy storage requirements for its large renewable energy and fast-growing EV charging market. We will work with Faradion management and accelerate its plans to commercialise the technology through building integrated and end-to-end giga scale manufacturing in India. We believe this will be one of our many steps that will also enable, accelerate, and secure large scale energy storage requirements for our Indian partners developing and transforming India’s EV mobility and transport sector.”

James Quinn, CEO of Faradion, added, “Faradion has been one of the first to champion sodium-ion battery technology. Reliance is the perfect partner for supporting Faradion’s growth in the rapidly expanding Indian market and to jointly speed up the transformation of the global energy market. Becoming part of the Reliance group validates the incredible work our team has done in advancing sodium-ion technology.”

Dr Chris Wright, Chairman and Co-Founder of Faradion, said, “This deal with Reliance firmly establishes Faradion’s sodium-ion batteries as an integral part of the global value chain for cheaper, cleaner, more sustainable energy for decades to come.”