Northvolt delegation visits POLiS
On November 22, a delegation from the Swedish battery and cell manufacturer Northvolt visited the POLiS Cluster of Excellence in Ulm. In addition to battery construction, Northvolt has also been operating its own cell production facility for several years and is now building another cell production plant in Heide (Dithmarschen) in northern Germany.
The capacity of the first German plant is expected to be around 60 GWh at full production one day, enough to power one million vehicles.
The main purpose of the Northvolt delegation's visit was to establish further contacts with battery research in Ulm. Common topics were future, innovative cell chemistries for battery cells, the training of specialists for the battery sector, processes in cell production and the European business location for battery production.
As a manufacturer of lithium-ion cells, Northvolt focuses on applications in electric cars and stationary energy storage systems.
The cell manufacturer recently announced that it is now also developing sodium-ion batteries. The manufacturer announced a sodium cell that is to be produced more cost-effectively and sustainably than the sodium-ion cells from Asia that are commonly used today. The cell chemistry is being developed at Northvolt Labs in Västerås, Sweden. Northvolt stated in a press release that it had initially only designed its own sodium-ion batteries for stationary applications and not yet for electromobility.