Northvolt investing $200m to build battery storage systems plant in Poland

by John Shepherd
Gdansk plant to have initial annual output capacity of 5 GWh. Image: Northvolt
Swedish lithium-ion battery developer Northvolt is to expand its presence in Poland by investing $200m (£143m) to build an energy storage systems manufacturing plant in Gdansk.

Northvolt said the 50,000 sqm factory will be built on a greenfield site in two stages, with an initial annual manufacturing capacity of 5 GWh, potentially increasing to 12 GWh. Production is expected to start next year.

The site will manufacture battery modules and packs and will include an "engineering R&D; centre of excellence”.

Northvolt revealed yesterday that development activity has already begun and the first phase of construction is expected to start in the autumn.

'Industrial future'

The factory, which will be "powered with renewable energy, including on-site renewable energy generation”, will receive its supply of lithium-ion battery cells from the Northvolt Ett gigafactory, being developed in Skellefteå, Sweden.

CEO and co-founder Peter Carlsson said: "Securing battery cell manufacturing capacity in Europe is key for its industrial future, but what is equally critical is the industrial capacity for integrating cells into real-world solutions.”

Northvolt said the Poland project will help it ramp-up the manufacturing capacity of battery modules and systems to fulfil contracts that the company has secured with customers seeking long-term, high-volume supply agreements for complete battery system solutions across grid and industrial markets.

Last September, Northvolt, announced it was raising a further $600m in new equity in a private placement to build battery gigafactories in Sweden and Germany.

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