What does it take to successfully create a multi-gigawatt battery storage factory?
The European Union has invested billions into creating a manufacturing supply chain for the energy storage market, seeing the multi-country initiative focus on key parts of the supply chain. Europe wants to make its own mark on the lithium-ion battery revolution, in both the electric vehicle (EV) and battery energy storage system (BESS) sectors.
Energy-Storage.news' editor Andy Colthorpe moderates a discussion with some key players in that European push. We hear what sort of financing and business strategies have been required to support Northvolt, a startup with an ambition to serve 25% of total demand across the continent from 150GWh of battery and system gigafactories. See the video below.
Joining Andy in the virtual conference room are:
- Joakim Palmgren – Project Finance North, Central and South East Europe at the European Investment Bank
- Bo Normark – Industrial Strategy Executive at EIT InnoEnergy Steven Cespedes -Director, Project Finance at BNP Paribas
- Edward Reed – Director of Advisory Services at WSP
- Tim van Pelt – Director, Renewables and Power, Energy Sector at ING Bank
- Marco Schweer – Director, Sector Lead – Renewable Energy at SMBC
This discussion took place at Solar Media's Energy Storage Virtual Summit, hosted in late September 2020.
With thanks to conference producer Lucy Jacobson-Durham and the rest of the team at Solar Media's Solar Events.
Cover Image: Northvolt Ett under construction, Autumn 2020. Image: Northvolt.