Swedish energy storage specialist Northvolt AB said Monday it will partner with South Bay Solutions Inc in the production of battery modules in Poland.
The companies will operate a production facility in Gdansk, which will include a research and development centre. There they will make battery systems that contain battery cells, an electronic control system and, usually, a cooling and heating system.
“We have seen a rapid increase in interest for complete battery solutions from several of our key customer segments during the past year. With this facility we will be able to meet that demand,” said Northvolt chief executive and co-founder Peter Carlsson.
Northvolt explains that the manufacturing of battery systems is a mechanical and electromechanical assembly process, unlike battery cell production which is a highly energy intensive chemical process. The Swedish company has a plan to build a large-scale li-ion battery production facility in Skelleftea, northern Sweden, where it will make 32 GWh worth of batteries per year. According to its website, construction will be completed by 2023.
Production in Gdansk will start next year with an initial annual capacity of 10,000 modules. The capacity will be growing in the following years as Northvolt ramps up its production of battery cells.