From battery materials to recycling
The expansion and successful conversion to electromobility requires high-performance battery storage. Innovative technologies will continuously improve the performance and production of drive batteries, and production capacities will grow.
A new value chain for battery production is expanding rapidly in Brandenburg. Here are just a few examples: Europe’s first lithium converter is being developed here by Rock Tech. BASF is producing cathode material on a large scale. Comprehensive cell production is being prepared by SVolt, and the US company Microvast will manufacture complete modules and packs.
In addition, BASF and Botree are planning to recycle batteries. The Tesla Gigafactory in Grünheide also plans to produce its own batteries. Brandenburg is on its way to having a closed loop in battery technology.
From material production to cell manufacturing, the development of battery systems and modules, to re-use and recycling of batteries – investors can enter a real growth market along the battery production value chain:
The development of innovative battery storage systems for electromobility has great potential in Brandenburg. Join us in realizing your investment and contribute to the mobility of the future!
BASF IN SCHWARZHEIDE: PRODUCTION & RECYCLING
BASF SE opened Europe’s first common center for battery material production and battery recycling in Schwarzheide, Brandenburg, in June 2023.
Battery materials are at the core of lithium-ion batteries: They play a significant role in the battery’s performance and are therefore also a major contributor to the transformation of mobility.German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at BASF in Schwarzheide
BASF’s production plant for high-performance cathode materials and the battery recycling plant for the production of black mass make significant contributions to the successful circular economy within the battery value chain – from the collection of used batteries to the recovery of mineral resources and their use in the production of new battery materials.
Fit for the mobility of the future
BASF betreibt in Schwarzheide nicht nur die erste Produktionsstätte für hochleistungsfähige Kathodenmaterialien in Deutschland, sondern auch die erste vollautomatische Großproduktionsanlage für Kathodenmaterialien in Europa:
MICROVAST IN LUDWIGSFELDE
In Ludwigsfelde, the US battery manufacturer Microvast has set up its European headquarters and a production facility for fast-charging battery modules, which can be charged in ten to 15 minutes. In future, these will power vans, trucks, sports cars and off-road vehicles.
Benefit from Brandenburg’s pioneering role in renewable energy
Up to 1.5 gigawatt hours of battery modules are to be produced annually on the site in Ludwigsfelde, which spans 36,000 square meters. The battery solutions are mainly intended for mobility applications. In the final phase, approx. 250 employees will manufacture up to 6 gigawatt hours of battery modules.
In the first phase, Microvast is planning a production line stretching a good 100 meters, on which around 500,000 battery modules can be produced annually. The plant is to be one of the world’s first modular production lines for battery modules.
ROCK TECH LITHIUM IN GUBEN: WHITE GOLD FOR GREEN BATTERIES
The clean tech company Rock Tech Lithium is building Europe’s first lithium converter in Brandenburg. Rock Tech uses it to produce high-quality lithium hydroxide for batteries that are needed in the automotive industry.
The Canadian company, which is based in Guben, Brandenburg, is at the beginning of the battery production value chain.
Lithium is the lightest of all metals and offers the highest energy density relative to its weight. It is an essential main component of high-performance batteries and an abundant raw material, but it is rarely found in high concentrations.
Rock Tech extracts lithium in the form of the mineral spodumene at Georgia Lake in Canada and, from 2025, will process the material into lithium hydroxide in Guben.
Rock Tech thus supplies an important component for the new value chain, enabling the efficient and self-sufficient production of batteries for e-mobility.
SVOLT IN LAUCHHAMMER: BATTERIES FOR EUROPE
The global high-tech company SVOLT, headquartered in China and with its European headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, is building a battery cell production facility for the European market in Lauchhammer in the district of Oberspreewald-Lusatia. SVOLT is a world-leading technology specialist in batteries, energy storage, and battery systems for electric vehicles.
With its new production site in Brandenburg, SVOLT is making a decisive contribution to the expansion of electromobility and sustainable mobility.
The battery cells produced in Lauchhammer will be further processed at the future SVOLT site in Heusweiler, Saarland, and prepared for use in electric vehicles.
The site in Lauchhammer also contributes to SVOLT’s ability to serve current customer projects in a timely manner and to achieve its expanded capacity targets in Europe more quickly.
SVOLT has consciously chosen Brandenburg as a location for innovation for its next settlement project in Germany, since a center for electromobility has been established in the region around Lauchhammer and throughout Brandenburg in recent years.
This business investment is expected to amount to 1 billion euros and create more than 600 jobs.
BOTREE IN GUBEN: RECYCLED VEHICLE BATTERIES
Botree Cycling from China is planning to build a recycling facility for electric vehicle batteries and a training center for battery recycling professionals in Guben, Brandenburg.
In choosing Brandenburg as a location, Botree Cycling is following the lead of the neighboring Canadian-German company Rock Tech Lithium, which is building a production plant for lithium hydroxide, a core component of battery production, in Guben.Suzhou Botree Cycling Sci & Tech Co., Ltd
Botree Cycling’s battery recycling plant is to be commissioned in the Guben Southern industrial zone. The company is thus doing pioneering work in Europe, as it is the company’s first location on the continent. Botree Cycling’s planned investment volume at the Guben investment site is expected to be up to 100 million euros.