ABB officially opened its modern production facility at a ceremony attended by customers, politicians and media representatives. The global technology group describes the new facility as “an important investment in Switzerland as a production location”.
“Our production facility for energy storage systems here in Baden only reinforces our technology and market leadership in the field of sustainable mobility,” said Rober Itschner, CEO of ABB Switzerland and Local Business Manager of the Motion business. The new facility enables the company to now “supply the entire power train including energy storage solutions for rail, e-bus, trolleybus and e-truck applications from a single source.”
Energy storage systems play an important role in the field of electrification and decarbonization of road and rail transport. For example, they can be used to convert diesel trainsets into diesel hybrid vehicles, thus cutting CO2 emissions by 30%, according to ABB. More generally, energy storage systems enable transport operators to make their fleets more sustainable.
ABB is now producing standardized modules out of battery cells using the latest lithium-ion technology at its new facility in Baden. These are then combined into energy storage systems and configured according to the specific application.
The company has already received orders for energy storage systems from several vehicle manufactures from different countries including Switzerland, where they will soon be used in new trolleybuses in Zurich, Lausanne and Fribourg.