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The future needs high-quality green batteries. Hydrovolt is establishing a world-leading battery recycling hub in Norway, laying the foundations for a circular supply chain for electric car batteries in Europe.

Batteries play a key role in the world’s transition to renewable energy, driven by the massive uptake of electrical vehicles. As the generation of electrical cars are now reaching their end-of-life, there is urgent need to be ready to recycle both the cars and their batteries.

We are building Norway’s first electric car battery recycling plant in the town of Fredrikstad.

Norway has long been a global leader in electric car adoption and at the start of 2021 became the first country in the world in which over half of all new cars sold are electric.

The recycling center is set to start up operations in late 2021 and will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

Hydrovolt is a joint venture between industrial group Hydro and the battery producer Northvolt and will harness recycling synergies between the battery and aluminium industries.

The aluminum from the used batteries will be recycled and reused by Hydro, while the ‘black mass’ containing lithium, manganese and cobalt will either be reused in Northvolt’s battery production or sold to other parties.

The plant will be largely automated and designed for crushing and sorting batteries. It will have the capacity to process more than 8,000 tonnes of batteries each year, with the possibility of expanding capacity. This will allow it to process even more car batteries, not just from Norway but from across Scandinavia. There are also plans for it to process other types of batteries, including from electric ferries and other ships.

Hydrovolt has received 43.5 million NOK in support from Enova, a Norwegian government enterprise supporting clean energy and climate efforts.