Sweden’s Northvolt’s has announced a $200 million expansion of its battery systems capabilities in Gdańsk, Poland. Entering into production in 2022, a new factory will have an initial annual output of 5 GWh, and potential future capacity of 12 GWh.
Northvolt says the project reflects its ‘ambitions to become a global leader in the development and delivery of premium, sustainable battery solutions for the European market’.
The initial phase of the project will establish an annual output of 5 GWh of modules and packs. A second phase of the project will see the factory expanded to a total capacity of 12 GWh. Including a new engineering R&D center of excellence to be set-up in conjunction with the factory expansion, the initiative will create 500 new jobs in the Gdańsk region.
Peter Carlsson, Co-Founder and CEO, Northvolt, says: “Securing battery cell manufacturing capacity in Europe is key for its industrial future, but what is equally critical is the industrial capacity for integrating cells into real-world solutions. It is this that the new factory will deliver – sophisticated, sustainable energy storage systems to support the transformation of Europe’s electricity grid and its industry.”
Emad Zand, President Battery Systems, Northvolt, adds: “Northvolt has been present in Poland for three years and we are impressed by both the professionalism and caliber of the engineers and manufacturing staff we’re engaged with in our activities here. We are excited about going out and recruiting 500 more.”
Founded in Stockholm in 2016, Northvolt employs more than 1000 people from over 75 different nationalities at its facilities in Sweden, Germany and Poland. Among Northvolt’s industrial partners and customers are ABB, BMW Group, Scania, Siemens, Vattenfall, Vestas and the Volkswagen Group.