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Northvolt kicks off construction for Northvolt Labs –  establishment marks first step towards European large-scale battery cell manufacturing

Press Releases   •   Apr 27, 2018 11:30 CEST

Northvolt today kicked off the construction of Northvolt Labs. Once completed in 2019, the cutting edge scale-up and research facility will be used to develop, test and industrialize lithium-ion battery cells before large-scale production.

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Media invitation: The next step towards the establishment of a European value chain for large-scale battery manufacturing

Press Releases   •   Apr 20, 2018 13:43 CEST

With the mission to enable the transition to renewable energy and electrification, Northvolt one year ago launched its plans to build Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery factory. The team is now entering the next phase of its mission, and on April 27 media is invited to the official kick-off for the establishment of Northvolt Labs.

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Blog post: Cells, modules and packs – what is a battery?

Blog posts   •   Mar 13, 2018 09:35 CET

When people talk about batteries, they sometimes talk about different things. And as batteries are becoming a key enabler to the electrification of Europe, many people have asked what a battery really is, and how Northvolt’s large-scale lithium-ion battery factory fits into the picture in relation to other battery related initiatives out there. Here is how it works.

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EU to support Northvolt’s European battery project with InnovFin backing

News   •   Feb 12, 2018 20:48 CET

The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a loan request from Northvolt AB. The financing, a facility of up to EUR 52.5 million, is projected to be supported by InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators’s Energy Demonstration Projects facility, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments.

The parties will now finalise negotiations and, after signature, Northvolt is expected to begin construction of its demonstration line in the coming months. This facility will serve to show the commercial viability of the concept and to qualify and industrialize products together with Northvolt’s customers. The produced batteries are targeted for use in transport, stationary storage, and industrial and consumer applications.

The demonstration site will also comprise a research facility and in total the Västerås operations will employ between 300-400 people. The launch of the demonstration plant is a key step towards the establishment of Northvolt’s large-scale li-ion battery factory in Skellefteå, eventually targeting a production of 32 GWh worth of battery capacity annually.

Ambroise Fayolle, vice-president of the EIB, commented: “The Bank is fulfilling one of its main purposes by supporting this type of research and development in Europe. With the growing momentum of clean energy and electric mobility, batteries will become ever more important. Europe is currently lagging behind when it comes to battery manufacturing and this highly innovative and strategic project deserves European backing to fill that gap.”

Peter Carlsson, CEO of Northvolt, added: “Europe is moving rapidly towards electrification. Northvolt’s objective is to build the world’s greenest battery to enable the transition. With the support from the European Investment Bank and the European Union, we are now one step closer to establishing a competitive European battery manufacturing value chain.”

Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said: "Batteries are a strategic component of our competitiveness and to capture a new European market worth EUR 250 billion annually as of 2025, we need to act fast. I therefore welcome the decision taken by the EIB, which will help this industry-led project take off the ground. It is important to pool all available instruments at the national and European level, such as InnovFin. The European Battery Alliance will continue supporting prospective partnerships throughout the value chain."

EC Commissioner Carlos Moedas, in charge of Research, Science and Innovation, said: "I am happy to see EU loans enabling real market-creating innovation. With 40% of all patents for renewable technologies belonging to European companies, the EU is undoubtedly leading the fight against climate change. But many of Europe's great innovations in clean energy technologies end up being produced elsewhere, meaning that others make much more money out of European innovations than we do. Today's decision will help to correct this."

The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a loan request from Northvolt AB. The financing, a facility of up to EUR 52.5 million, is projected to be supported by InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators’s Energy Demonstration Projects facility, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments.

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The Swedish Energy Agency supports the establishment of Northvolt Labs

News   •   Feb 05, 2018 11:42 CET

The Swedish Energy Agency today announced it will support the establishment of Northvolt’s demonstration line, Northvolt Labs, in Västerås, Sweden, with a grant up to SEK 146 million.

Northvolt Labs, which in addition to the demonstration line also will include a research facility, will be used to qualify and industrialize products and processes together with Northvolt’s partners and customers. The launch of Northvolt Labs is a key step towards the establishment of Northvolt’s large-scale lithium-ion battery factory in Skellefteå, Sweden, which will serve as the main production site and include active material preparation, cell assembly, recycling and auxiliaries.

The Swedish Energy Agency today announced it will support the establishment of Northvolt’s demonstration line, Northvolt Labs, in Västerås, Sweden, with a grant up to SEK 146 million. 

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Scania and Northvolt partner for heavy vehicle electrification

Press Releases   •   Jan 25, 2018 12:30 CET

Scania and Northvolt have jointly agreed to develop and commercialise battery cell technology for heavy commercial vehicles. Scania today announces that it is investing EUR 10 million in the partnership to enhance further development and support the establishment of Northvolt's demonstration line and research facility.

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Vestas and Northvolt partner on battery storage for wind energy to support the further integration of renewables

News   •   Dec 15, 2017 11:01 CET

Sustainable energy leader Vestas and battery manufacturer Northvolt today announced a technology collaboration on the development of a lithium-ion battery platform for Vestas power plants. As an initial phase of the partnership, Vestas is investing EUR 10 million.

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Northvolt partners with Swedish municipalities for the next generation of European battery manufacturing

Press Releases   •   Oct 19, 2017 10:10 CEST

Northvolt today announced a partnership with the two Swedish municipalities Skellefteå and Västerås for the establishment of Europe’s largest and most cutting-edge lithium-ion battery manufacturing.

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ABB and Northvolt partner for Europe’s largest battery factory

News   •   Sep 26, 2017 08:30 CEST

ABB and Northvolt have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a wide-ranging supply and technology partnership, including products and services for Northvolt’s state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery factory and close 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.

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Northvolt proceeds with Västerås and Skellefteå in the site selection process of establishing a large-scale battery factory in Europe

News   •   Jul 04, 2017 07:35 CEST

Today, Northvolt took the next step towards establishing a large-scale battery factory in Europe. During the coming fall, public consultations for the establishment of a large-scale production of lithium-ion batteries will be undertaken in the two Swedish municipalities Skellefteå and Västerås

Following this spring’s discussions with eight Swedish and two Finnish municipalities, Northvolt has, after careful consideration, decided to begin consultations for the establishment of the factory in Västerås and Skellefteå. The decision to proceed with two municipalities contemporaneously is due to the ambitious schedule, where the necessity of receiving an environmental permit quickly is essential to keep the timetable.

Both Skellefteå and Västerås have excellent abilities to meet the requirements that are fundamental to the establishment, such as access to land, energy, and infrastructure. Other relevant factors include the ability to attract skilled labor, potential for developing a local industry cluster of expertise around batteries, and overall commitment from local decision makers and businesses.

"After an in-depth analysis of ten strong candidates for the location of Northvolt's first factory, we have agreed that these two locations are the most favorable alternatives. Electrification and storage of renewable energy are key to a carbon neutral society, and we have witnessed great enthusiasm for the project during our dialogues with representatives in both Västerås and Skellefteå", said Peter Carlsson, CEO of Northvolt.

Northvolt’s planned construction requires a specialized permit, and the planned operations require an environmental assessment. The application process includes a local consultation process, which will begin during the fall. During the consultation process, environmental impacts and potential risks associated with the project will be analyzed. The report from the consultation process is part of the required material for the environmental permit application.

"We are moving at a very fast pace, which is necessary if we want to take on a leading role in the European market and meet the growing demand for batteries. The possibility for us to achieve a professional and timely environmental assessment is crucial. That is the reason why we will proceed with a parallel consultation process together with two municipalities”, said Peter Carlsson.

Today, Northvolt took the next step towards establishing a large-scale battery factory in Europe. During the coming fall, public consultations for the establishment of a large-scale production of lithium-ion batteries will be undertaken in the two Swedish municipalities Skellefteå and Västerås.

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Northvolt was founded in 2016 with the mission to build the world’s greenest battery, with a minimal carbon footprint and the highest ambitions for recycling, to enable the European transition to renewable energy. Northvolt’s team of experts is building the next generation battery factory focused on process innovation, scale and vertical integration. Once completed, it will be Europe’s largest battery factory and produce 32 GWh worth of battery capacity annually.

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