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Domestic Lithium Battery Move in Cooperation with Turkcell and ASPİLSAN Enerji

Turkcell continues to contribute to the development of environmentally friendly technology in our country through its innovative collaborations, turning the sustainability approach into one of the key focuses in all business activities with the motto "For a better world." Turkcell has also struck an important future-oriented partnership with ASPİLSAN Enerji, which manufactures lithium batteries, to encourage the optimal use of national resources with domestic technology.

In the context of long-term environmental awareness, the use of environmentally friendly, long-lasting, and reliable electrochemical lithium batteries, rather than the chemical lead acid (VRLA) batteries previously used in communication network energy infrastructure systems, is rapidly spreading around the world. In response to this shift in the world, ASPİLSAN Enerji, a subsidiary of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, and Turkcell teamed up to develop the essential indigenous products in Turkey. The collaboration, which began in 2019, has already produced its first products, which will fulfill the needs of communication networks, as part of domestic lithium battery production studies.

As part of the project, Turkcell's base stations, which have been providing communication infrastructure services and containing various equipment configurations since October 2021, have successfully tested prototype lithium battery products designed and produced by ASPİLSAN Enerji's R&D engineers at 48V 100Ah standards. The Turkcell network is still working on implementing domestic lithium batteries, which will be made by ASPİLSAN Enerji.

"As Turkcell, which has always developed innovative products and services in the sector with its leadership in the field of innovation, we have also started an important cooperation regarding the energy resources needed in our network infrastructure," said Turkcell Deputy General Manager for Network Technologies Gediz Sezgin. This stage, which is part of a broader sustainability strategy that we apply to all of our business activities, is also critical in terms of producing environmentally friendly technology that minimize carbon emissions. With lithium batteries developed with domestic capabilities, we hope to bring value to the sector and the country's economy.

Gediz Sezgincontinued on the subject as "The cooperation steps taken with stakeholder companies in the sector in the Communication Technologies Cluster (HTK) sessions, which was established to increase the share of domestic and national production in communication technologies, have now begun to grow and turn into productive outputs," . In this context, we began working with ASPİLSAN Enerji on lithium battery technology by sharing technical information and prototyping product concepts, which we then refined through workshops, demo manufacturing, and factory testing. Our collaboration was then bolstered by the positive findings of field tests on the Turkcell network. Starting this year, ASPİLSAN Enerji will mass produce the developed lithium batteries and ensure their use in Turkcell's network architecture."

"As ASPİLSAN Enerji, one of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation's companies, we have been working with the goal of providing solutions that will reduce our country's dependence on foreign energy systems in the field of energy systems since its establishment," ASPİLSAN Enerji General Manager Ferhat Özsoy aid in a statement about their cooperation with Turkcell. As ASPİLSAN Enerji, we have worked together to develop new solutions that will lessen our reliance on foreign sources while also laying the groundwork for highly beneficial outcomes. Following this collaboration with Turkcell, a major contribution to national and domestic communication technology production will be made.Within the scope of this project, of which we are a stakeholder, we will also provide added value to our country's current account deficit.”