Swedish ship and industrial engine manufacturer Volvo Penta has developed a subsystem solution based on Volvo Group’s electric vehicle platform. It is optimized for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) battery energy storage system (BESS) applications.
Its BESS subsystem is intended to be integrated with OEM BESS applications. It can be scaled to hundreds of megawatt hours.
“Because our solution is application agnostic, we see huge adoption,” says Hannes Norrgren, CEO of Volvo Penta Industrial. “Together with OEMs, our solution offers opportunities to store energy from renewable solar or wind farms and increase their sustainability, opening up new business models that will attract end customers on their path to zero emissions.”
Volvo Penta’s subsystem solution includes the battery system, battery management, monitoring, thermal management, power distribution box and cabling. It says it “demonstrates high performance with an energy-dense and small footprint” and is optimized for harsh environmental conditions.
It is still unclear what battery cells are used in the BESS component.
“The batteries themselves are lithium-based and can handle different geometries and power until the manufacturer’s BESS is installed,” a Volvo Penta spokesperson said. pv magazine.
Last year, the Volvo Group revealed its plans to invest in the production of battery cells and packaging around the world to secure capacity and large-scale serial production. It initiated processes to start manufacturing cells in the Skaraborg region of Sweden and opened the first battery assembly plant in Ghent, Belgium, where it uses Samsung SDI’s cells and modules to manufacture batteries.
Volvo Penta’s subsystem solution will first be made available to customers in North America and Europe, after which it will be available in other markets.