Morrow Batteries formalises Norway Li-ion cells plan, appoints former Audi battery chief

by John Shepherd
Morrow inks final agreement to build battery cells plant on Norway's 'battery coast' as former Audi battery development chief, Juergen Lind (inset), joins the company. Image/photo: Morrow
Norwegian lithium-ion battery cell developer, Morrow Batteries, has signed a final agreement that clears the way for it to build a 42 GWh factory in southern Norway.

Under the deal with the Arendal municipality, the plant will be built on about 1 sq km of land at the Eyde Energy Park, on the country’s so-called ‘battery coast’.

The announcement came as Morrow appointed the former head of battery development at Audi, Juergen Lind, as executive VP of industrialisation and business development.

Morrow will start building the plant’s first production ‘module’ in 2023, with production of battery cells starting in late 2024. A total of four modules will be completed in 2026.

'Solid political support'

The company said it will also co-locate its pilot factory for raw materials and cell manufacturing in Eyde Energy Park. The construction of this facility will start later this year, with the aim of starting production at the end of 2023.

The Morrow Battery Innovation Centre lies a few kilometres away at the campus of Agder University, which Morrow said provides infrastructure supporting the next generations of battery technology.

Morrow CEO Terje Andersen said: "The agreement with Arendal comes as a result of good cooperation and solid political support. Eyde Energy Park provides an ideal setup for us and meets all the fundamental requirements for a large-scale battery cell factory, such as access to green energy, infrastructure, a skilled labour force and raw materials.”

Morrow said earlier this month that it would jointly develop anode materials for its planned lithium-ion battery cell facility with fellow Norwegian firm, Vianode.

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