Hydrovolt to Build Battery Recycling Plant in Norway
Hydrovolt is building Norway’s first plant for recycling electric vehicle batteries. The plant will be located in the town of Fredrikstad. The plant will have the capacity to process more than 8,000 tonnes of modules from car batteries each year, with the possibility to expand. The plant will be powered by 100% renewable energy, extensively automated and designed for crushing and sorting batteries. Through a possible expansion, the plan is to also process other types of batteries than car batteries, including batteries from the marine sector, from all over Europe. Operations are planned to start in late 2021. Hydro and Northvolt have invested NOK 120 million in the plant through the joint venture Hydrovolt.
The Norwegian company Batteriretur, located adjacent to the new Hydrovolt plant in Fredrikstad, will supply batteries and operate the plant. Operations will be closely integrated with Hydro and Northvolt’s existing businesses. Aluminum from the used batteries will be recycled and reused by Hydro, while the ‘black mass’ containing lithium, manganese, nickel and cobalt will either be reused in Northvolt’s battery production or sold to other parties. The plant will be one of the most technologically advanced battery recycling plants in the world.
Hydro and Northvolt formed Hydrovolt in the summer of 2020. In November 2020, Hydrovolt received NOK 43.5 million in support from Enova, a Norwegian government enterprise supporting clean energy and climate efforts.