Battery Technology – a near perfect, efficient and circular ecosystem in Norway

Watch the webinar about the Nordic Battery Scene with Innovation Norway, Eyde Cluster, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, Hydro, Sintef and Northvolt. Photo: Getty Images

With an abundance of clean energy, raw materials, a world-class processing industry and unrivalled access to used EV batteries, Norway is the ideal place to develop battery production for a zero-emission transport sector. Norwegian industry already produces substantial amounts of precursor materials for batteries, chiefly aluminium, and silicon, in addition to refining nickel, cobalt, graphite and copper – and Norwegian industry is known for being clean, innovative and efficient. We have alot, but there is room for more. 

The world’s cleanest battery production

Norway offers the unique opportunity to make batteries and precursor materials using exclusively renewable energy. Norwegian hydropower provides clean, stable, and affordable energy for factories all over the country, making it an ideal place to locate energy-intensive production of batteries and their precursor materials.

A rapidly growing battery eco-system 

Plans for several substantial battery cells factories in Norway are already in the works.

Norway is developing into a hotspot for knowledge and infrastructure related to battery production. This makes Norway an important  player in EU’s effort to build an independent, sustainable European battery value chain. You can read more about how Norway can play a key role in Europe’s burgeoning battery industry here.   

Electric mobility ecosystem

Norway has long been the definitive world leader in electric mobility, with the world’s highest proportion of EV vehicles. Norway’s electric revolution is not confined to the roads, either: Norway is also the home of groundbreaking technological developments in electric maritime transport. In turn, this has spurred the development of a vibrant ecosystem for electric mobility solutions – with Norwegian companies and industry clusters at the forefront when in areas such as electric transport infrastructure, autonomous vehicle systems, electric ferries and effective charging solutions for cars and maritime vessels. This provides fertile ground for developing, testing and scaling battery solutions for electric mobility. 

Pioneering circular value chains

The EUs Green New Deal stipulates that battery production must be sustainable and circular. With record-breaking EV numbers, companies in Norway are in a unique position to develop, test and scale solutions for reusing and recycling batteries.

Spearheaded by leading industry clusters such as the Eyde Cluster, and backed by a highly developed research ecosystem, Norwegian industry is rapidly building up expertise and experience with sustainable and circular battery production

Several such projects are underway; Libres, a collaboration between Norwegian industry leaders and Norwegian and German research institutions,is developing and improving solutions for battery recycling. There’s also the BATMAN project, which looks closely at the material usage and lifetime and Norwegian opportunities that arise as the battery recycling value chain matures. 

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Webinar: The Nordic Battery Scene

The transport sector represents 25 % of Europe’s CO2 emissions and sustainable mobility is one of the key focuses of the European Green deal. We invite you to a webinar looking into the status of the battery ecosystem in Norway and Sweden.

Official hosts of the webinar are Innovation Norway, Eyde Cluster, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, Hydro, Sintef and Northvolt.

The transition from today’s fossil fuel based transport sector to electric mobility is a significant sustainable value creation opportunity for both Norway and Sweden. Swedish and Norwegian cooperation with support from our Nordic neighbours can deliver a full European value chain and the world’s greenest lithium ion batteries (LIB).

Some of the themes that are touched upon during this webinar are:

Actions to contribute to the ambitions and goals in EU’s New Green Deal
How cooperation between businesses in Norway and Sweden can add value into the battery value chain, to develop, produce and recycle the world’s most sustainable batteries
The event will be moderated by Nora Rosenberg Grobæk; Head of Battery with Invest in Norway (part of Innovation Norway) and Thea Schøyen Senior advisor Energy with Innovation Norway in Sweden.

Speakers:

Special greeting from Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg
Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru
Maroš Šefčovič – VP European Commission
Moderated Q&A with CEOs from Morrow Batteries, Freyr and Beyonder
Arvid Moss, chairperson of the board of the NHO (The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise), in conversation with Fredrik Persson, chairperson of the board of Svenskt Näringsliv (Confederation of Swedish Enterprise)
Emma Nehrenheim from Northvolt AB

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Global Battery Alliance; McKinsey and SYSTEMIQ analysis

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