German battery manufacturer commits to SA

The future of battery manufacturing in Australia has gotten a little brighter with the announcement of Germany battery company sonnen being awarded the Australian Made badge and recognition as a manufacturer of South Australian products, by the Office of the Industry Advocate.

The dual recognitions are an indication of the significance of the manufacturing operation being carried out in the former Holden factory, in Elizabeth, South Australia.

Sonnen produces batteries for home energy usage, storing renewable energy for use at all hours, as Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

“Home batteries are gaining momentum in South Australia as consumers are empowered to generate and store their own electricity, reducing their power bills,” said van Holst Pellekaan.

“The Home Battery Scheme is an Australian-first. Our reputation in clean energy transition has paved the way for international companies like sonnen to set up advanced battery manufacturing in our state.”

Since its opening in November 2018, sonnen has grown to employ 47 people and has produced 2,000 batteries since it began in Australia.

The particular battery that received the Australian Made seal is the sonnenBatterie eco 9.53 hybrid battery. 500 sonnenBatteries have been installed in South Australia under the Home Battery Scheme. The factory will produce and export these batteries through the Asia-Pacific region, with the potential to produce 12,000 batteries a year.

sonnen sees a positive future in its manufacturing facilities in South Australia, as managing director of sonnen in Australia, Nathan Dunn, highlighted.

“As we continue to identify new markets in Asia with export potential for certified Australian Made sonnenBatteries, sonnen will look to increase the manufacturing of our home batteries,” said Dunn.