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Windtech International May June 2024 issue






Vestas and battery manufacturer Northvolt have announced a technology collaboration on the development of a lithium-ion battery platform for Vestas power plants.

Vestas is looking to bring the most competitive and sustainable hybrid storage solutions to the market and to better integrate storage and renewable energy generation technologies. Northvolt is looking to better understand the needs of the renewable energy sector in order to develop batteries for solution providers and OEMs. Northvolt is building a next generation battery factory with the aim to produce the world's greenest batteries. The two companies are aiming to create and optimise a means to integrate battery storage solutions into wind turbines and full power plant system design in order to: 

  • Enable Vestas to ensure more certainty and predictability in power output for greater grid stability and compliance with emerging grid requirements
  • Develop and optimise control systems that can integrate battery storage systems with other renewable energy technologies.

Over the next seven years, the partnership will see Vestas and Northvolt contribute to the joint development project through a combination of dedicated staff, project resources and shared development efforts. To support the initial phase of the partnership, Vestas will invest € 10 million towards joint R&D and product development, as well as the establishment of Northvolt's demonstration line and research facility, Northvolt Labs, which will be used to test and qualify products and processes.

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