Northvolt selects Germany for third gigafactory

Northvolt selects Germany for third gigafactory

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March 17, 2022: Swedish batteries developer Northvolt said on March 15 it had selected a site in northern Germany to build the company’s third gigafactory.

The ‘Northvolt Drei’ plant in Heide, Schleswig-Holstein, will have an annual potential production capacity of 60GWh — increasing the company’s pipeline of battery manufacturing capacity under development to more than 170GWh.

Investment costs for the new plant were not disclosed, but Northvolt claimed the facility would start producing high-performance, lithium ion batteries for the electric vehicles market in 2025, “with the lowest environmental footprint in continental Europe”.

Recycling facility

Northvolt said Schleswig-Holstein had been chosen because the region “hosts the cleanest energy grid in Germany… with a surplus of electricity generated by onshore and offshore wind power and reinforced by clean energy provided through grid interconnections to Denmark and Norway”.

The new plant is also set to have an on-site battery recycling facility.

Peter Carlsson, co-founder and CEO of Northvolt, said: “It matters how we produce a battery cell. If you use coal in your production, you embed a fair amount of CO2 into your battery, but if we use clean energy, we can build a very sustainable product.”

Joint venture

Northvolt’s latest project follows its announcement on February 24 that it would convert a closed paper mill in Sweden to produce up to 100GWh of cathode material to support cell assembly at Northvolt’s facilities.

On February 4, Northvolt and Volvo Cars said Gothenburg in Sweden would be the site for a new joint-venture battery cell manufacturing plant and R&D centre.

Meanwhile, Volvo expects to source 15GWh of battery cells each year from the Northvolt Ett lithium ion battery plant in Skellefteå, Sweden, starting in 2024.

Photo: Impression of the Northvolt Drei plant