February 2021. The world needs clean batteries and a plan for what to do with them at their end-of-life. We need to recover the valuable materials within them and recirculate them into manufacturing of new batteries or other products. And we need to do this sustainably, without harming the environment.
The Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt and the Norwegian energy and aluminium company Hydro have partnered to establish the joint venture Hydrovolt, which is building Europe’s largest electric car battery recycling facility in Fredrikstad, Norway. The battery recycling plant is situated next to Batteriretur – the company that collects used batteries in Norway and will be providing a feed of electric vehicle batteries to Hydrovolt.
Once fully operational, Hydrovolt will have an annual recycling capacity of 12,000 tons of battery packs – more than sufficient to recycle the entire volume of end-of-life electric vehicle batteries currently present in Norway. Additional capacity will be used to recycled batteries collected from Sweden and other parts of Europe. Alongside batteries from electric vehicles, Hydrovolt will also recycle other types of batteries, including those from electric ferries and grid energy storage.