Northvolt completes construction of Europe's largest factory for energy storage solutions
Swedish battery manufacturer, Northvolt has completed the construction of Northvolt Dwa in Gdańsk, Poland -- Europe's largest factory for energy storage solutions.
Sharing the video of the completed factory on social media, Northvolt confirmed that the production is scheduled to begin by the end of the year, which will coincide with the official opening of the factory.
"The facility is powered solely by electricity from renewable sources. This aligns with our company's business model, which focuses on using only green energy in all our factories located in Poland, Sweden, and Germany, as well as utilizing recycled materials," said Robert Chryc-Gawrychowski, CEO of Northvolt Poland.
In February 2021, the company announced a $200 million expansion of its battery systems capabilities, bringing a new facility in Poland. The new factory would have an initial annual output of 5 GWh, and a potential future capacity of 12 GWh, Northvolt stated then.
The company has been focused on developing a sustainable manufacturing base to deliver on $55 billion in orders from key customers, including BMW, Fluence, Scania, Volvo Cars, and Volkswagen Group.
A key aspect of Northvolt's strategy involves establishing a broad spectrum of competencies for battery supply chain activities in-house ensuring its presence throughout the battery value chain, including cathode material production and recycling. Through its large-scale recycling program, Northvolt intends to enable 50% of its raw material requirements to be sourced from recycled batteries by 2030.
With Northvolt's vertically integrated approach, it has established three manufacturing facilities: Northvolt Ett, its first battery giga factory established in Northern Sweden. The factory also serves as the site for manufacturing active materials, cell assembly and battery recycling. The recently constructed, Northvolt Dwa, Gdansk in Poland will serve as a facility that will provide solutions to power motorcycles mining machines, energy storage systems and ferries. The third facility, Northvolt Drei in Heide, Northern Germany will be powered by renewable energy and is expected to produce enough green batteries to power 1 million electric vehicles.