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Greenway's EU approach for"green batteries"

Greenway's EU approach for"green batteries"

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Jesper Lundqvist, CEO of Promovec A/S, a Danish pedelec manufacturer, set off to China - with a business proposal in his suitcase. Up to that moment Promovec purchased battery packs from Greenway, one of the leading companies developing and manufacturing lithium-ion battery packs for light electric vehicles. Lundqvist proposed a joint venture to build up a new factory to assemble battery packs in Denmark. Greenway understood the potential of the venture right away and in late 2019 production started. In the first year 25000 products left the factory, and demand is growing strongly.
 

  Automated welding process in the battery pack production – Photo Viridus

 

The first zero emisson battery pack manufacturer

This new venture gave Greenway the possibility to work towards their company mission: Empower the world with “green” batteries to keep the earth clean. The new founded company Viridus A/S, located in Aarhus (Denmark), is a zero emission factory with a very eco-conscious approach. All energy used in the factory stems from renewable sources and green certified by NRGI, a Danish energy provider.  The light system of the building has been retrofitted to LED lights and the heating system was changed to electric central heating, to accomplish the zero emission. The external servers are certified to use energy from renewable sources only and the company operates with electric cars and trucks for their internal transportation. The employees are encouraged to bike to work, by subsiding the purchase and service of the bikes. “We changed our pension fund from a traditional one, to a pension fund where we can buy sustainable bonds. So we also, through our pension funds, try to have a positive impact on the environment. “ says Viridus CEO Lundqvist.
The company is further looking into reducing plastic. They made a big effort to introduce locally produced, 100% recyclable packaging for their batteries. Finally, it turned out that this local packaging was more economic than the original one, that contained plastic and was produced and sourced in China.
„One of the next steps is, that we are planning a new building “, Lundquist states.  The factory is planned to comply with DGNB – a German environmental standard for sustainable architecture. Constructing the building will allow Viridus to control their impact on the environment one step further.
 

  Sustainable battery pack packaging: Before and after the redesign – Photo Viridus



A win-win partnership:

The batteries produced in Aarhus are manufactured with state-of the-art technology. With the support of Greenway’s in-depth experience and production know-how the assembly line and quality control system was designed and set up. After assembly, each battery pack undergoes a 100% full functional test.

Greenway also supports the purchasing of cells and components, giving Viridus a strong sourcing advantage. In Q3/2021 Greenway starts to supply the latest technology of high nickel formula 21700 cells to the assembling line of Viridus. The new cells have less weight, but provide a longer range, ideally for applications in light electric vehicles. By purchasing components from Greenway, Viridus further benefits from the constant R&D-driven improvement of key parts and a consistent high quality, due to Greenway’s large production volume.
As a full service partner, Viridus’ team can draw on Greenways R&D department to develop customised battery packs.

Developing a green, sustainable industry is a process

The industry of light e-mobility dedicates itself to green and sustainable transportation. Thus, the production and components of the vehicles should also aim for sustainability, by conserving resources, using of renewable energy and  natural resources. With this partnership, Greenway can offer their EU clients locally produced, green battery packs, saving ressources on transportation and, offer the client the chance to reduce their own carbon footprint. The EU location of the facility in Denmark further allows a higher flexibility in delivery time and volume. In case of warranty issues service is provided faster, due to closer vicinity to the clients. The price is up 10-15% for the sustainably produced product., however, high costs of anti-dumping duties, time and transportation costs can be saved. This offering brings Greenway closer to their goal to deliver green batteries to their customers.
A lot has been accomplished since the start  of Viridus in 2019. Developing a real zero emission, green company is a process. After solving one challenge, the next topics arrise on the agenda. Viridus is on his way - a pioneer, the world’s first zero emission battery pack manufacturer.