GIGAFACTORYX: 16 000 battery systems from Impact in 2024

Source of information: Impact Clean Power Technology
Category: Energy News, News

The aim of the investment, which is being carried out by Impact Clean Power Technology (Impact), is to set up a factory for battery systems for electric vehicles , with a target production of 4GWh per year. Teamtechnik will implement a state-of-the-art line at GigafactoryX to produce batteries for buses, trolleybuses, trams and trains, among others. With this line, Impact will be able to fulfill even the highest volumes of orders from its customers from all over the world.

The contract for the delivery of the production line to GigafactoryX was concluded at the end of 2022. The design phase is currently underway. As part of the project, teamtechnik will build a production line for battery systems for, among other things, electric buses in three variants. The line will be suitable for further expansion. The systems, which will be produced at the plant owned by Impact, the European market leader in electromobility, will be a large-size product. An example of the dimensions of a battery produced for one key customer is 1400 mm x 1000 mm x 400 mm. The dimensions of the individual batteries vary not only in size but also in weight, which can reach up to 500 kg. Already in 2024, the line will allow 16,000 battery systems for e-transport to be produced. The line will feature a high standard of process automation including robotic assembly of individual components, dispensing processes, screwing, vision inspection and a range of tests .

Thanks to the investment, Impact’s production capacity will be significantly increased. The first phase of the investment will increase them to 1.2GWh per year, which will guarantee the security of supply of battery systems for the world’s biggest brands. Ultimately, production will reach 4GWh per year. Its current level is 0.6GWh per year,” comments Ireneusz Kazimierski, Impact’s vice-president for operations.

The design of the line will be based on Industry 4.0 technologies and will take into account the use of full product traceability, NOK and re-Work policies. The consequence of implementing a procedure for non-conforming products (NOK), is the possibility to correct the battery and re-test it for functionality already at the line stage, in order to obtain a conforming product. The design phase is expected to last until the end of April this year, while assembly work is expected to start in July 2023.

The GigafactoryX project involves the creation of a large-scale battery factory for electric vehicles and stationary energy storage. Upon completion, power systems based on lithium-ion cells in technologies will be built in Poland: LTO, LFP and NMC. The planned capacity is to be 16,000 units sequentially in 2024 and 17,000 units from 2025. As a result of the technologies used, the assembly cycle for a single battery will be only 11 min. This is of great importance for Impact, which is becoming a major European player in the process of achieving the climate neutrality necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

– The construction of the production line is a key step towards the further development of the GigafactoryX project. With highly automated processes, we are not only increasing production efficiency, but also the reproducible quality of the batteries produced. Therefore, production will be carried out with full product traceability, a product management policy in case of non-conformity and its correction or repair,” says Bartek Kras, CEO and co-founder of Impact.

From a teamtechnik PT point of view, this is the largest battery line project in the company’s history in Poland. In it, we rely on proven solutions backed by our extensive experience in designing and building lines with different levels of automation, which we have been successfully implementing for over 16 years. At the same time, we are not afraid to use state-of-the-art technologies. All of this is aimed at delivering the highest quality of the end product, which is the battery – says Wojciech Derda, president of teamtechnik Polska.