Written by Anja Maier
The 18th of February is one of the more fun commemoration days. Battery Day is celebrated on Alessandro Volta’s birthday. Volta was an Italian physicist and is considered a pioneer of electricity and the inventor of the battery. He was born on 18 February 1745. 55 years later, Volta presented the first functional galvanic element in the form of the so-called Voltaic pile. Today, it is regarded as the forerunner of the modern battery. Reason enough to check smoke detector batteries today and to realise just what is possible with these small and large energy storage devices. At VARTA AG, every day is a Battery Day. More than one billion batteries are produced every year in Ellwangen in Swabia and Nördlingen in Bavaria: from the smallest hearing aid battery from VARTA Microbattery to large energy storage units for the industry at VARTA Storage. And VARTA batteries themselves can also look back at a rich history. They took part in the first North Pole expedition in 1896, and in the moon landing in 1969. Last year, a device with a VARTA battery monitored Alexander Gerst’s vital signs on the ISS space station.
About VARTA AG
As the parent company of the Group, VARTA AG is active in the business segments Microbatteries and Power & Energy through its operating subsidiaries VARTA Microbattery GmbH and VARTA Storage GmbH. Already an innovation leader in the microbattery sector and a market leader for hearing-aid microbatteries, VARTA Microbattery GmbH also aspires to market leadership for lithium-ion batteries. VARTA Storage GmbH focuses on the design, system integration and assembly of stationary lithium-ion energy storage systems for households and commercial applications as well as customized battery storage systems for OEM customers. The Group’s operating subsidiaries are currently active in more than 75 countries around the world, with five production and assembly facilities in Europe and Asia as well as distribution centers in Asia, Europe and the United States.
(Photo: VARTA Microbattery GmbH)