JT Energy Systems is giving used lithium-ion batteries a new lease of life and will produce CO2-neutral batteries in the future. The joint venture of Jungheinrich and Triathlon is building a highly flexible battery storage facility in Freiberg, Saxony, with a peak output of 25MW. The plant is the largest of its kind in Saxony and one of the most powerful in Germany. The large scale storage system consists, among other things, of used lithium-ion battery modules that will be reused after their successful application in electric forklifts and the automotive sector. In the future, the battery storage facility will be used to produce 100% CO2-neutral batteries at the site, in accordance with specific requests. The task of the mega-battery is the intermediate storage of regenerative electricity, the stabilization of the power grid and the provision of urgently needed peak power energy. The project is being implemented by the large scale battery storage experts of the local company Tricera Energy GmbH. With this ambitious project, the companies involved are driving the energy transition forward and highlighting the great potential that lies in the intelligent networking of electromobility and the energy transition. The recycling of used vehicle batteries in stationary storage systems is an essential component of Jungheinrich's sustainability strategy for the efficient and economical use of resources in the sense of the circular economy.
The reuse of lithium-ion batteries after their years of use in electric vehicles is a particularly efficient, sustainable and resource-saving contribution to the energy transition. The used energy modules are classified by JT Energy Systems and refurbished, if necessary, to ensure the maximum service life of the resources. Due to the strong increase in the share of electric vehicles over the last few years, JT Energy Systems expects a growing number of battery capacities to be used for a second life in stationary storage facilities in the future.
“Electromobility is booming,” said Reinhild Kühne, managing director of JT Energy Systems. “More than 1 million Jungheinrich electric trucks are in use worldwide today. A rapidly growing portion of these are equipped with state-of-the-art lithium-ion technology. Lithium-ion batteries are particularly durable. They can usually be used for a longer period of time than the trucks they serve for many years as an energy source. Stationary energy storage systems like the one in Freiberg are the logical consequence of using lithium-ion batteries for a second life and thus make a significant contribution to the energy transition.”
JT Energy Systems was jointly founded in 2019 by Hamburg-based intra-logistics specialist Jungheinrich and battery manufacturer Triathlon. The joint venture produces energy systems for electric vehicles with industrial applications. Based in Freiberg, Saxony, the company serves the rapidly growing demand for innovative and sustainable energy and battery systems. The company has particular expertise in the repair and reprocessing of used lithium-ion batteries. In classifying and evaluating the remaining service life of the batteries, the company draws on the knowhow of Dresden-based Novum Engineering GmbH, as an expert in AI-based battery monitoring.
The large scale battery storage system is being planned and built by the locally based partner company Tricera Energy GmbH, with its completion scheduled for autumn 2022. The company specializes in stationary storage technology and industrial storage solutions. JT Energy Systems, and its shareholders Jungheinrich and Triathlon, are taking an important step in the consistent implementation of their sustainability strategy by investing in this technology of the future.