Siemens Will Give Proposed Battery Factory in Sweden a Digital Backbone

Siemens and Northvolt AB have entered a technology partnership that will deliver solutions to digitize the value chain for NorthVolt’s proposed battery factory in Sweden.

NorthVolt plans to build a 32-GWh lithium-ion battery factory that would see production start in 2020.

Siemens has agreed to make a 10 million-euro (US$11.5 million) investment to support the partnership and offer NorthVolt Siemens’ Digital Enterprise portfolio for digitization of everything from battery cell design to production and services.

“We are happy to support Northvolt in building the battery factory of the future,” Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens Digital Factory Division, said in a statement. “With our Digital Enterprise portfolio, we contribute to a competitive battery cell production in Europe that fully exploits the benefits of software and automation: greater flexibility, efficiency and quality with shorter time to market.”

Under the partnership agreement, Siemens will purchase batteries from the Northvolt factory once it is completed.

Northvolt sealed a deal last year with ABB for the supply of fully integrated robotics, automation and electrification solutions for the factory. The agreement also included collaboration on technologies to drive innovation in batteries.

The company launched its Northvolt Labs in April as a research facility that, when completed next year, will be used to develop, test and industrialize lithium-ion battery cells prior to completion of the full-scale manufacturing facility. The lab will be built in Vasteras, near Stockholm.

Lead image credit: Northvolt

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Jennifer Delony, analyst for TransmissionHub, started her career as a B2B news editor in the local and long-distance telecommunications industries in the '90s. Jennifer began covering renewable energy issues at the local level in 2005 and covered U.S. and Canadian utility-scale wind energy as editor of North American Windpower magazine from 2006-2009. She also provides analysis for the oil and natural gas sectors as editor of Oilman Magazine.

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