After a process where 19 plots were evaluated, Morrow Batteries has entered into a letter of intent to build the world’s most sustainable battery manufacturing in the Norwegian municipality of Arendal in the South of Norway.
The Norwegian municipality Arendal in Agder county will be the place for the Morrow Giga Factory.
«This plot provides the ideal operational setup for us. Besides the fundamental requirements such as power, infrastructure and water for cooling, it is strategically located right by the highway. With short connections to airports, harbours and suppliers. The short way to Europe, by sea, means that we get a good starting point to develop the world's greenest batteries to the European market», says Terje Andersen.
The first construction phase of the next generation battery factory is set to start in 2023.
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A sustainable starting point Morrow Batteries’ ambition is to be a world-class manufacturer of the most sustainable batteries in the world. Short-distance to raw materials, renewable power and an existing cluster of world-class process industry makes the South of Norway an ideal place for the battery industry.
“This plot is already prepared, regulated and ready for construction. The location will enable us to manufacture cost-effective sustainable batteries with low carbon footprint. The planned industrial route to the harbour is ideal for autonomous electrified transport. And the flexibility in the harbour will contribute to an effective logistic towards our customers”, Andersen explains.
Eyde Energipark offers 950 000 of land with all infrastructure ready for construction. The factory will have minimal/none negative impact on the environment, incl. Statnett (TSO) has recommended Arendal as the preferred site to assure sufficient power with the shortest timeline for completion. The planned size of the factory is 32 GWh (built in four phases) with potential for further expansion
Utilizing Norwegian competitive advantages
Earlier in December the European Commission proposed to modernise EU legislation on batteries with new requirements that batteries placed on the EU market should become sustainable, high-performing and safe all along their entire life cycle.
“The big and increasing demand for electrification in the transport sector and industry processes have made batteries a bottle-neck in the green transition. Home-grown European battery manufacturing is key to a sustainable future going forward. In our concept we have all the necessary resources, says Andersen.