April 1 (Renewables Now) - German commercial storage systems maker Tesvolt GmbH has kicked off manufacturing at a new battery storage factory in Germany that will be eventually capable of producing over 1 GWh annually.
The plant, located in Wittenberg in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, has started making lithium-ion battery storage systems at a semi-automated production line. The batteries that will be made there will have storage capacities ranging between 9.6 kWh and 1 MWh.
Covering an area of 12,000 sq m, the facility is the first phase of the gigafactory project aimed at meeting growing demand for stationary energy. The new production line will be able to make up to 1 MWh of storage systems daily and up to 255 MWh on an annual basis. It will be gradually expanded to reach 1 GWh per year.
According to Tesvolt, demand for energy storage capacity is on the rise, highlighting that its order volume has almost tripled since the same quarter last year. “Demand has spiked in particular for storage systems with an emergency power function as well as for off-grid storage,” commented Daniel Hannemann, Tesvolt’s co-founder and managing director. He noted, however, that it is not clear how demand will change in the wake of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
When announcing plans for the gigafactory last May, Tesvolt said the site will be powered by a 200-kWp onsite photovoltaic (PV) installation.