NorthVolt shows first battery cell from Swedish gigafactory

NorthVolt shows first battery cell from Swedish gigafactory

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By Nick Flaherty

The commissioning of the Northvolt Ett gigafactory in northern Sweden has led to the assembly of the first battery cell.

The company has been working towards this prismatic cell development since the gigafactory was announced in 2017. Commissioning and upscaling of the factory will continue through into 2022, when the first commercial customer deliveries will be made in a range of cell formats, including prismatic and cyclindrical.

“This is a great milestone for Northvolt which the team has worked very hard to achieve. Of course, this first cell is only the beginning. Over the course of the coming years, we look forward to Northvolt Ett expanding its production capacity greatly to enable the European transition to clean energy,” said Peter Carlsson, CEO and Co-Founder of Northvolt.The battery cell was developed at Northvolt Labs, the company’s industrialization factory in Västerås, Sweden, which has been in production since early 2020. Production capacity at Ett will increase towards 60 GWh per year to meet over $30bn worth of contracts the company has secured from key customers, including BMW, Fluence, Scania, Volkswagen, Volvo Cars and Polestar.

Presently, the Ett gigafactory in Skellefteå employs over 500 people, representing 56 nationalities.

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