JT Energy Systems gives new life to used lithium-ion batteries 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 25 MW. 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 on site, according to specific requests. The task of the mega-battery is the intermediate storage of regenerative electricity, the stabilization of the power grid and the supply of the urgently needed peak energy. The project is being implemented by large-scale battery storage experts from local company Tricera Energy GmbH. With this ambitious project, the companies involved are advancing the energy transition and highlighting the great potential of intelligent networking of electromobility and the energy transition. The recycling of used vehicle batteries in stationary storage systems is an essential part of Jungheinrich’s sustainability strategy for efficient and economical use of resources in the direction 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. Used energy modules are graded by JT Energy Systems and refurbished, if necessary, to ensure maximum resource life. Due to the large increase in the share of electric vehicles in recent years, JT Energy Systems expects an increasing number of battery capacities to be used for a second life in stationary storage facilities around the world. to come up.

“Electromobility is booming,” said Reinhild Kühne, managing director of JT Energy Systems. “Today, more than one million Jungheinrich electric trucks are in use worldwide. A rapidly growing share of them is 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 a power source. Stationary energy storage systems like the Freiberg one 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 intralogistics specialist Jungheinrich and battery manufacturer Triathlon. The joint venture produces energy systems for electric vehicles for industrial applications. Based in Freiberg, Saxony, the company responds to the growing demand for innovative and sustainable battery and energy systems. The company has particular expertise in the repair and reprocessing of used lithium-ion batteries. To classify and evaluate the remaining battery life, the company relies on the know-how of Novum Engineering GmbH, based in Dresden, as an expert in AI-based battery monitoring.

The large-scale battery storage system is planned and built by local partner company Tricera Energy GmbH, with 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.