NOVO Energy, a joint venture between Nortvolt and Volvo Cars, has received approval from the Swedish Land and Environment Court to build its battery gigafactory next to the Volvo Cars plant in Torslanda, Gothenburg. The new battery gigafactory in Gothenburg is expected to have an annual cell production capacity of up to 50-gigawatt hours when completed. Production is scheduled for 2026.
Official construction work on site will begin Oct. 1. The city of Gothenburg is already implementing projects related to the gigafactory, which are being coordinated by the Gothenburg Economic Region. Treated wastewater will be used to cool the plant, and two large one-meter diameter pipes are currently being laid to transport water from the regional wastewater treatment plant to the Gigafactory. Gothenburg Energi and Vattenfall are building a power plant north of the site to connect the Gigafactory to the region’s 130 kV power grid. In addition, preparatory work is underway, including connecting the site to the district heating, water, stormwater and wastewater systems.
The city of Gothenburg is planning to establish a training center for electromobility and battery production in Lindholmen. Employees, schoolchildren, adults, and vocational students will be trained there in modern learning environments. The city of Gothenburg and the Västra Götaland region are each investing around four million euros in the training center, which will open in the fall of 2024.