The first lithium-ion battery production plant in Europe starts construction

by:CTECHi     2021-08-01

Recently, it is reported that German battery manufacturer Tesvolt announced that it will invest millions of euros to build Europe's first lithium-ion battery ‘Gigafactory’ production plant. The term 'Gigafactory' originated from a large-scale battery production plant built by Tesla in Nevada, and it was promoted when the construction began in 2015.

The company claims that Tesvolt’s battery production plant will completely use solar energy, and the company’s battery energy storage system can achieve a completely carbon-neutral power output. And has been put into use in more than 1,000 projects.

This will include a solar power generation system with an installed capacity of 200kW, which provides electricity for office and factory production lines, and is deployed with TesVolt's 350kWh energy storage system. The heating of the battery factory also comes from solar energy. Mechanical engineering firm Teamtechnik will assemble the semi-automated production line of the factory for TesVolt. After the plant is completed, its annual battery production capacity will exceed 1GWh.

Tesvolt deployed a battery energy storage system in one of the largest unsubsidized solar farms in the UK. This energy storage system is considered a key part of the project's business plan. TesVolt said that the company invested millions of euros in the GigaFactory plant without any external investment.

The company did not give a timetable for the completion of the battery production plant, but said it will have 12,000 square meters of construction area available for use next month. In the final construction phase of the factory, its facility space will reach 20,000 square meters. TesVolt expects that the number of employees will double from the current 60. Like most competitors, TesVolt did not produce its own batteries before, but purchases lithium nickel cobalt manganese (NMC) batteries from Samsung SDI.

'The total capacity of the global stationary energy storage system market has reached 16GWh. European countries call for the elimination of polluting coal-fired power plants and diesel generator sets. They hope that the future will not Affected by environmental disasters. We hope that the GigaFactory production plant can contribute to this goal and provide clean and cheap energy anywhere in the world,' said Daniel Hannemann, co-founder and CEO of TesVolt.

Building gigafactory battery production plants around the world

The Swedish start-up Northvolt currently plans to build a gigafactory battery production in Sweden factory. In 2018, Northvolt received up to 52.5 million euros ($64.8 million) in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and will invest in the construction of this plant. At the same time, Australia is conducting a feasibility study on a large factory in Townsville, Queensland, and Magnis Resources, one of the partners of the project alliance, is also a member of the Imperium3 alliance, which is an alliance of five global technology companies. . The alliance hopes to build a gigafactory production plant in New York State. Another consortium, TerraE Holdings, is formed by the KLIB consortium headquartered in Germany, which includes Daimler, Bosch, 3M, Manz, Wacker, Kuka, and Vata (Varta) and Litarion (Litarion). TerraE Holdings is investigating the construction of a large battery production plant in Europe.

In other countries and regions, the Indian Energy Storage Alliance stated that India will build multiple gigafactory battery production plants in the next few years. South Korea and Japan are still the world’s largest producers of lithium-ion batteries, while China is catching up. China’s main production of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, rather than lithium nickel cobalt manganese (NMC) batteries, lithium iron phosphate batteries are more competitive in cost, and their prices are about 30% lower than those of other countries’ suppliers. . China's strong manufacturing capabilities are likely to make it a leader in the global battery and energy storage industry, just as it has become a leader in the global solar energy industry.

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