Italvolt Spa, the company founded by Lars Carlstrom aimed at creating in Italy one of the largest gigafactories in Europe for the production and storage of lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles, with a planned capacity of 45 GWh for about 550,000 electric vehicles per year, has selected ABB for Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) at its site in Northern Italy.
It also announces its partnership agreement with the global technology company, to jointly explore how automation, electrification and digitalization solutions can fast-track production processes for battery manufacturing.
More specifically, the technology partnership with ABB will bring Italvolt:
- 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
- Consultancy on robotics and autonomous operations for transportation and handling of material in the process units of the plant
- Exploration of solutions for data gathering, processing, cloud storage and analytics for production planning, quality control, management, operations and reporting
Lars Carlstrom, CEO and founder of Italvolt said: “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 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.”
“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 famous Olivetti site and is being designed by Italian automotive design house division Pininfarina Architecture.