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    by Tina Olivero

    Sunlight: New R&D and Production Capacity Increase

    Global technology company Sunlight Group has received €275m in the form of seven-year loans issued by Greek banks, to increase its lithium-ion and lead-acid battery production and R&D, as well as support its international growth to help meet the global demand for greener energy storage solutions.

    The loans will aid Sunlight Group’s upgrades and expand current production and assembly lines in the company’s facilities in Xanthi (Greece), Verona, (Italy), and North Carolina (USA) to increase the output of both lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries and energy storage systems. Funds will also support further international growth, partly through M&As, as well as R&D into the company’s lithium products, via the “European Battery Innovation” (EuBatIn) project, an “Important Project of Common European Interest” co-funded by the EU that is already under implementation. 

    The loans will contribute to the funding of the €560m five-year business plan Sunlight Group has announced. The plan involves investments in the development of one of Europe’s first lithium-ion battery Gigafactories and R&D in lithium-ion battery recycling. Funds will also support the company’s development of a European-centric supply chain to help reduce the continent’s dependence on Asia and South American supplies. And lastly, they will enhance Sunlight Group’s production of innovative motive power lead-acid battery cells, with the installation of state-of-the-art automated production and assembly lines.    

    As demand continues to increase for lithium-ion batteries, these latest investments will allow Sunlight Group to reduce European and North American dependence on the Asian supply of lithium battery cells and raw materials, at a time when global trade is growing increasingly volatile.  

    Commenting on the signing of the loan agreements Lampros Bisalas, CEO of Sunlight Group, said: “We are heavily investing across our facilities in Greece, Europe, and the US to increase our overall production capacity, as demand for lithium-ion batteries, in particular, continues to outstrip supply. These additional funds will give us the necessary support to address global challenges to lithium supply, as well as the continued R&D required to make lithium-ion batteries the most energy-efficient, cost-effective, and viable green energy solution on the international market.” 

    The €275m loan agreements comprise a €125m syndicated loan from Eurobank and Alpha Bank (€62.5m each) and a €150m loan from the National Bank of Greece.

    To find out more about Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems, please visit: https://www.systems-sunlight.com/

    About Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems

    Sunlight Group, with 30+ years of experience in energy storage, is one of the leading companies in the global production of lead-acid and lithium-ion industrial batteries and energy storage systems. Sunlight supplies the international market with innovative products, manufactured and assembled in its state-of-the-art facilities in Greece, Italy, and the USA, and distributed to more than 100 countries via its sales & support offices and authorized partners’ network. With a specialized team of scientists, two R&D centers, and years of experience in lithium-ion innovation, Sunlight Group invests in the sustainable development of the global energy storage sector. The company combines the circular economy business model with its technology-agnostic approach and data-driven insights to develop more environmentally friendly storage solutions for the industrial mobility, leisure mobility, and ESS sectors. Solutions that will render sustainable energy more accessible and reliable.  Sunlight is a member of Olympia Group, an international investment group with a diversified business ecosystem that spans 8 countries.

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