Following a minor fire incident five weeks ago, the German battery cell production plant of Swiss-based battery developer Leclanché is back in full operation, the company has confirmed.
Located in Willstaett, Germany, the Leclanché plant suffered a production setback in April when a minor fire broke out at the facility.
Since mid-May, however, the fab has been running at a steady production output, and this week near-full utilization was resumed, the company confirmed, adding that production level is now sufficient to ensure that delivery requirements for its various projects will be met.
"This fast restart was possible thanks to the safety setup that prevented any propagation of the incident, and thereby left the vast majority of the machinery unaffected," said Leclanché CTO Pierre Blanc. "This allowed us to quickly recover a sufficient level of production. We are now focusing on the full recovery of our production capacity."
Prior to the fire, the lithium-ion producer had secured a $28.9 million order prior for a 53 MWh storage project in Ontario, Canada a booking that amounted to a 53% increase on the companys 2015 turnover, hence the firms understandable desire to ensure its delivery obligations will be met on time.
The company manufactures more than one million lithium-ion battery cells at the German plant each year, averaging 90 MWh of cells.
This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.
Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.
You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.
Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.