Morrow Batteries to jointly develop anode materials with Vianode

by Margaret Lau
Construction could start on Vianode's battery graphite plant before the end of 2021. Image: Vianode
Norway’s Morrow Batteries said today it will jointly develop anode materials for its planned lithium-ion battery cell facility with fellow Norwegian firm, Vianode.

Vianode, a subsidiary of global advanced materials supplier Elkem, intends to supply the anode materials from its planned large-scale plant for battery graphite at Norway’s Herøya Industrial Park – on which construction could start before the end of this year.

The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop "tailored, high-end anode materials suited for applications of Morrow lithium-ion cells, including both synthetic graphite and silicon-containing anode materials”.

The non-binding, non-exclusive agreement, aims to lead to a long-term, "high volume supply agreement” for anode materials, the partners said.

Recycling

Vianode is conducting research into silicon-graphite composite materials for improved battery performance. The company is also part of the Hydra and 3beLiEVe research projects on next generation lithium-ion batteries, coordinated by Norwegian research organisation SINTEF and the Austrian Institute of Technology.

The Norwegian Research Council is supporting Vianode’s R&D into the recycling of battery-grade graphite.

Vianode has received NOK 10m (£852,000) in financial support from the Norwegian government agency, Enova, to fund the initial planning of its facility. The project has previously received grants from Innovation Norway for a pilot plant, and is shortlisted for support from the EU’s Innovation Fund.

Morrow CEO Terje Andersen said: "Our ambition is to produce the most cost-effective and sustainable batteries in the world. Partnerships like this with suppliers based in Europe will ensure world-leading regional supply of battery materials to our facilities, whilst keeping the CO2-footprint as low as possible.”

Morrow will start building its Battery Innovation Centre and pilot factory in Southern Norway later this year.

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