Italvolt aims to create one of the largest gigafactories in Europe for the production and storage of lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles with technology from ABB. The plant has a planned capacity of 45 GWh for about 550,000 electric vehicles per year.
The partnership agreement will also jointly explore how automation, electrification and digitalization solutions can fast-track production processes for battery manufacturing. This will include data gathering, processing, cloud storage and analytics for production planning, quality control, management, operations and reporting.
ABB will provide its expertise in design and delivery of electrification and automation solutions for power control, distribution and management, optimization of manufacturing processes and long-term energy efficiency as well as consultancy on robotics and autonomous operations for transportation and handling of material in the process units of the plant.
ABB also has a deal to supply automation equipment to a battery plant being developed by Morrow in Norway.
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“Italvolt has the objective of gathering industrial excellences in each area of our business and we are glad to announce this partnership agreement with ABB, one of the foremost names in the global industry. ABB's state of art technology will help us in ensuring the sustainability of our production plant as well as enable efficient, reliable, and cost-effective production. We are happy that ABB is joining us for the journey," said Lars Carlstrom, CEO and founder of Italvolt
"Italvolt's plans for large-scale manufacturing are crucial for electrical mobility, increased sustainability and reindustrialization of the region," said Mauro Martis, South Europe Cluster Manager, Process Industries, ABB. "Together we will explore our technologies and synergies with Italvolt, providing our know-how for this ambitious project."
The gigafactory will be located at the former Olivetti site Scarmagno, Italy, and is being designed by iconic Italian automotive design house division Pininfarina Architecture.