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Hydrovolt: Northvolt and Hydro’s massive battery recycling plant

Written by Kfir Kedem – May 18, 2022

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Northvolt has partnered with Hydro – Norwegian renewable energy and aluminum manufacturer – to open the largest EV battery recycling plant in Europe. The collaboration is so strong, that the plant is named after both companies as “Hydrovolt.” It is based in Fredrikstad, Norway, and will process 12,000 ton of battery packs every year.

Up to 95% of the batteries’ materials will be recycled in this plant. The goal is to take this material and use it to manufacture batteries that are made up of 50% recycled products. By 2025, 70,000 tons of battery packs are set to be recycled with an ambitious goal of 300,000 packs by 2030.

Auto Trendy’s take:

Although Hydrovolt has a very ambitious target to reach in a short amount of time, it makes sense. Northvolt is one of Volkwagen’s exciting projects after all, and with their EV cars’ production ramp up, VW have to find a use for batteries once their product lifetime expires. By recycling 95% of the materials, Volkswagen would be able to get the best use out of its products.

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