Tesla has given the green light to launch its first Gigafactory for batteries production outside the US in China, company chief Elon Musk has confirmed.
The new Shanghai plant confirms a pledge by Musk to one day set up business at the heart of Asia’s booming batteries sector.
Swedish battery manufacturer Alelion Energy Systems has announced plans to build “Sweden’s first large-scale” lithium batteries plant near Gothenburg.
The facility, which is expected to be complete this year, will produce batteries for industrial and other applications near the Volvo manufacturing plant in Torslanda. It will have an initial production capacity of 500MWh per year.
Australian graphite producer Magnis Resources is to hold a 45% stake in a new company building a 30GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Germany.
Plans to build the gigafactory in the state of North Rhine Westphalia were unveiled last year, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Magnis in a public-private partnership with WIN Emscher-Lipper— a consortium of firms including energy and chemicals companies, government agencies and financial institutions.
Swedish lithium-ion battery maker Northvolt AB is to partner with two of the countries’ cities to set up what it says will be “Europe’s largest and most cutting-edge lithium-ion battery manufacturing” operation.
Northvolt said the ‘Gigafactory business’ will be split between the cities of Skellefteå in the north— which will host the production factory— and the central Sweden city of Västerås— where key research and development operations will be located.
New German company TerraE Holding GmbH has formed a consortium of 17 major companies and research institutions – and plans to construct two large-scale lithium-ion battery cell production plants in the country.
CEO Holger Gritzka (pictured) says the factories will be operated as “foundries”, meaning that TerraE Holding GmbH will build and operate them, and produce lithium-ion cells according to customers’ specifications.
Australian company Energy Renaissance (ER) is to build a “specific and niche” lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Darwin, in the country’s Northern Territory, which will start production by late 2018.
“Our niche focus is to build the world's best batteries for hot and humid climates,” said Brian Craighead, managing director of Energy Renaissance, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The battery storage systems will be designed for commercial and utility-scale uses in telecommunications, defence and government sectors, and target the Australian and South-East Asian markets.