Norway – Morrow Batteries and Arendal municipality have finalized an agreement for the establishment of 42GWh battery cell factory.
Arendal City Council unanimously accepted the arrangement. The cell plant will be built in Eyde Energy Park, right in the heart of the Battery Coast. Morrow considered around 19 potential parcels of land before settling on Arendal on Norway’s southern coast as the location for their gigafactory. The deal guarantees access to about one square kilometre of land.
Construction start in 2023
Morrow will start building the factory (first module) in 2023, with production of battery cells starting in late 2024. All modules, in total four, will be completed in 2026 and will demand minimum 315 MW of electricity.
“The location allows us to build our facilities with minimal CO2-footprint and with minimal impact on the environment. We will reclaim a former land fill as a parking space for the employees and is utilizing already cleared land for the first factory module. The land is already regulated for industrial activities,” said Terje Andersen, CEO of Morrow Batteries.
Support by international experts
Exyte has supported Morrow Batteries in the concept design of the giga-factory, and will continue to support with further detailed engineering plans. Morrow will start the construction of the first giga factory module in 2022, with start of production end of 2024. Further 3 giga factory modules are planned with a total manufacturing capacity of 42 GWh.
Battery cell manufacturing
Morrow Batteries is creating a Battery coast in southern Norway with industrial partners. From raw materials manufacturing through recycling, a complete local ecology has been established around the battery value chain. The objective is to create and manufacture the world’s most sustainable and cost-effective battery cells. Eyde Energy Park is an ideal place to realize this aim due to its abundance of green and competitive energy as well as its proximity to a harbor and shipping routes to Europe.
Morrow will also have a pilot factory in Eyde Energy Park for raw materials and cell fabrication. The development of this plant will begin later this year, with the goal of beginning production by the end of 2023. It will have direct transportation, raw supplies, and important market access. Furthermore, the Morrow Battery Innovation Centre is conveniently placed a few kilometres away on the Agder University campus, offering facilities to support the next generation of battery technologies.