HEG unveils plans to build $247 million Li-ion anode plant


HEG Ltd, an LNJ Bhilwara Group company, has announced plans to invest INR 2,000 crore to build a facility to manufacture graphite anode for lithium-ion batteries in India. The company will build the plant in two phases. It expects the first phase to become operational by 2025 with an investment of INR 1,000 crore and cater to 10-12 GWh of cell manufacturing capacity. In the second phase, HEG plans to double the plant capacity with another INR 1,000 crore.

The investment will be executed through HEG’s newly incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary The Advanced Carbons Company (TACC).

HEG aims to finish both phases in the next 5-7 years, leveraging its decades of experience in the graphite and advanced carbon chemistry fields.

The anode plant will have a production capacity of 20,000 metric tonnes per year.

Anode is one of the most crucial elements in the production of Li-ion battery cells, accounting for roughly 10-15% of the cost. For every GWh of Li-ion cell production, 1,100 tonnes of graphite anode is needed. Only China and Japan are the major producers of anode materials at the moment. More than 90% of the market is controlled by businesses in these two nations, stated HEG.

HEG intends to build TACC as a cutting-edge facility on more than 100 acres of land, where it would set up an anode plant. The building will have a specialized innovation centre for creating new carbon derivative materials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, for use in green energy applications.

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