The Austrian developer and manufacturer of high-performance battery packs for electric mobility and stationary energy storage systems, Kreisel Electric, expands its production capacities for the most powerful battery packs available on the market to 800,000 kilowatt hours per year.

The construction works for the new battery factory "3K One" starts these days. The factory will be established on a total surface of 6,276 square meters (resp. 67,554 square feet) and equipped with a fully automated production line.

Until its opening in March 2017 up to 70 jobs will be established. Due to the particular assembling of the batteries and the innovative thermal management the current product generation features an advantage of 20 percent more usable capacity available in comparison to the products of the main competitor. With a weight of only 4.1 kilograms (resp. 9 pounds) and the tiny volume of 1950 cm3 (resp. 0.43 gallons) the Kreisel battery reaches a capacity of 1 kilowatt hour – an outstanding power density in comparison with competitors. In assembly with an electric car the guaranteed service life of the currently lightest battery on the market is 400,000 kilometres (approx. 25,000 miles).

In its first expansion stage, the factory, which is due to open in March 2017 in Rainbach, Austria, can produce batteries with a capacity of 800,000 kilowatt hours per year. Due to the highly automated manufacturing process the serial assembly of the battery technology is particularly fast (15 seconds for each kilowatt hour) and thus very economic. Within a quarter a duplication of the production capacity is feasible.

Prospectively the three equally sized parts of the building will be used for battery production, as well as for technical development of prototypes and small batch productions. The last section of the building will host the software and engineering development and the offices. The roof of the factory will be equipped with a photovoltaic system with a 200 kilowatt peak output. The generated solar power will be stored in stationary Kreisel batteries (of 1,000 kilowatt hours) to secure the continuous power supply for building and charging stations. The heat supply is ensured by using the waste heat from the manufacturing machines together with thermal heat pumps.

"Prospectively the three equally sized parts of the building will be used for battery production, as well as for technical development of prototypes and small batch productions. The last section of the building will host the software and engineering development and the offices. The roof of the factory will be equipped with a photovoltaic system with a 200 kilowatt peak output. The generated solar power will be stored in stationary Kreisel batteries (of 1,000 kilowatt hours) to secure the continuous power supply for building and charging stations. The heat supply is ensured by using the waste heat from the manufacturing machines together with thermal heat pumps," said the team.

With this innovative battery technology Kreisel Electric positions itself as one of the few European manufacturers for mobile and stationary energy storages. They cooperate with manufacturers, fleet operators, as well as with cab and transport companies, Porsche Panamera with a total electric (operating) range of 450 kilometres, Skoda Yeti and a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter are just a few of them.  Another highlight is the implementation of a Kreisel battery in the e-Golf by VW: the high- voltage battery is mounted between the axles and currently features a capacity of 24.2 kilowatt hours at a weight of 330 kilograms (approx. 730 pounds). The installation of the Kreisel battery pack enables a higher capacity of 55.7 kilowatt hours, while the required installation space and the weight remain identical. Thus the e-cars driving range in accordance with the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) improves from 190 to over 430 kilometres.

May 4, 2016 Living photo: Kreisel Electric

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