SolarEdge Technologies and its subsidiary Kokam have announced the opening of Sella II, a 2GWh battery cell manufacturing facility in the Eumseong Innovation City of Chungcheongbuk-Do, South Korea.
The facility is planned to manufacture battery cells for SolarEdge’s residential solar-attached batteries.
The opening was announced by SolarEdge Technologies, which provides smart energy technologies, and their subsidiary Kokam, which develops and provides lithium-ion batteries and integrated energy storage solutions.
Sella II is currently producing test cells for certification, with ramp-up expected during the second half of 2022.
Once ramped up, Sella II will enable SolarEdge to have its own supply of lithium-ion batteries and the infrastructure to develop new battery cell chemistries and technologies.
Alongside SolarEdge’s solar-attached batteries, the factory will be used for various industries, including mobile applications, energy stationary storage solutions (ESS) and UPS applications.
The facility can scale its battery cell capacity in the future to support the growing needs for storage solutions offered by the company.
Zvi Lando, SolarEdge CEO, commented in a statement: “The opening of Sella II is an important milestone for SolarEdge. It allows us to own key processes in the development and manufacturing of advanced energy storage solutions for our solar core business and additional applications, while further securing the resilience of our supply chain.
“We are committed to growing our business in the energy storage market, as well as our investment in battery cell technology and cell manufacturing, further strengthening our storage product portfolio.”
The opening of the Sella II facility is the latest example of SolarEdge’s expansion within the ASEAN region. In 2018 they acquired Kokam, which is headquartered in South Korea and develops lithium-ion battery cells, batteries and energy storage solutions.