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Europe’s biggest battery recycling hub goes live

Hydrovolt has opened the doors to what it claims is ‘the largest battery recycling plant in Europe’. The site is located in Fredrikstad, Norway, where it will process 25 000 electric vehicle batteries (EV) per year.

The recycling hub is a joint venture between aluminium company Hydro and battery producer Northvolt. It will be able to handle 12 000 tonnes of material annually, which is said to be enough to cater to Norway’s entire battery waste stream.

Hydro and Northvolt say the facility is able to recover 95% of the materials used in EV batteries. This includes plastics, copper, aluminium as well as the black mass, containing nickel, cobalt, manganese and lithium. Hydro will have access to the extracted aluminium while Northvolt will acquire the battery metals so it can create new batteries.

By 2025, it is expected Hydrovolt will produce over 2 000 tonnes of black mass annually.

Meanwhile, Hydrovolt is planning to boost recycling capacity within Europe, starting in Germany and Sweden. Its long-term target is to recycle around 70 000 tonnes of battery packs by 2025 and 300 000 tonnes of battery packs by 2030. This is equivalent to 150 000 EV batteries in 2025 and 500 000 in 2030.

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