A decade in the past, the longer term seemed bleak in Skelleftea. Within the city of 71,500 inhabitants, the dimensions of Corsica, 800 kilometers north of the capital, Stockholm, most mines had closed. Those who nonetheless produced minerals had changed males with machines. Seeking a brighter future, the younger folks went south. In a burst, in 2015, the municipality set itself the target of reaching 80,000 inhabitants by 2030. « However we knew it might be very onerous », admits the director of municipal companies, Kristina Sundin Jonsson as we speak.
This was with out counting the miracle that occurred within the fall of 2017, when the corporate Northvolt, created two years earlier in Stockholm, selected Skelleftea, amongst 40 Swedish municipalities, to arrange its “gigafactory” of electrical batteries. At first, the locals solely half believed it. The hill overlooking the development web site, to the east of town, has been renamed « the hill of the skeptics ». The inhabitants have grow to be accustomed to climbing there to observe the progress of the work. First, we needed to minimize down the bushes over an space the dimensions of 280 soccer pitches, then degree the bottom with explosives. On October 15, 2019, building of the buildings might lastly start.
Two years later, the primary battery cells, the dimensions of a VHS tape, will have the ability to depart the manufacturing facility. Northvolt introduced in a press launch, Wednesday, December 29, 2021, that it has assembled its first electrical battery cell » final night time « . First, the Swedish group will produce 16 gigawatt hours (GWh) per 12 months, sufficient to equip 300,000 electrical autos every year. In 2023, the storage capability will double, reaching, in a number of years, 60 GWh, i.e. the potential of equipping a million electrical autos every year, making Northvolt1 the most important electrical battery manufacturing facility in Europe, whose checklist of shoppers embody Volkswagen, BMW, Scania or Volvo Automobiles.
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Fredrik Hedlund, vice-president of Northvolt, ensures the go to. This former technique director at Sony Cellular, a local of southern Sweden, landed in Skelleftea in June, along with his spouse and the youngest of their three youngsters. For a 12 months and a half, he oversaw the development of Volkswagen’s battery plant in Salzgitter, south of Hanover, launched as a part of a partnership with Northvolt in 2019. Within the spring, the Swedish resold its shares to the German producer, which can also be one in every of its most important shareholders.
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