Wednesday 18 October 2017
 
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Peter Carlsson and Ulrich Spiesshofer

ABB, Northvolt partner for Europe’s largest battery factory

GENEVA, 21 days ago

ABB and Northvolt have signed a major supply and technology partnership, including products and services for Northvolt’s upcoming state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery factory, the largest in Europe.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) also includes collaboration on development of battery solutions and R&D activities.

 ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) will support the initial phase of this project through an early investment.

Supported by ABB’s industrial automation expertise, integrating robotics, machine and factory automation, electrification and ABB Ability, ABB’s unified, cross-industry digital offering, into one overall solution, the Northvolt’s advanced lithium-ion battery factory in Sweden will supply European customers in the automotive and key industries with high quality and customizable battery solutions.

The factory is expected to start production in 2020. A demonstration-line will be ready by 2019 and will allow Northvolt to continuously optimize products and processes.

“We are excited to support Northvolt’s project to build the battery factory of the future here in one of our home countries,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “This uniquely integrated factory would be a true showcase for ABB’s leadership in industrial automation and smart electrification and would help to meet the ever-increasing demand for smarter, greener storage solutions.”

“The Energy Revolution has spurred the use of renewable energy sources and lowered the reliance on fossil fuels. Electrification and storage are the keys to a carbon neutral society. The shift to e-mobility alone will drive the need for batteries to new heights. The ability to store energy is also crucial to free the world’s energy generation and distribution from fossil fuels in a phased manner.”

“The world is moving quickly towards electrification. We want to enable this transition by building the largest, cutting-edge lithium-ion battery factory on the European continent and producing the world’s greenest batteries. ABB is at the forefront of the electrification, and we are delighted to have them on-board as strategic partner, key supplier and investor,” said Peter Carlsson, CEO of Northvolt.

The products and services that ABB intend to supply include a fully integrated robotics, automation and electrification solution including ABB’s industry-leading distributed control system ABB Ability System 800xA as well as advanced digital solutions such as ABB Ability Manufacturing Operations Management, making this factory a true showcase for Industry 4.0.

Both partners have agreed on a technology collaboration to drive innovation in battery technology in areas such as production platform, cell and module design, and battery performance. The companies intend to have a close collaboration on development of battery solutions for mobile and stationary applications, including the potential sourcing of batteries.

“We see great potential in partnering with Northvolt to develop environmental friendly solutions for utilities, industry as well as infrastructure & transportation. This is a true milestone for us and our customers in our aim for a fossil fuel free society, especially here in Sweden,” said Johan Söderström, MD ABB Sweden. – TradeArabia News Service




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