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For batteries and Hydro, the future is now

Hydro’s experience in developing energy and recycling aluminium form the foundation for our battery businesses. Morten Halleraker, Head of the Batteries unit in Hydro, joins the Hydro Talks podcast to explain how Hydro and Norway can contribute to fighting climate change with batteries.

The battery sector is expected to grow very fast globally and in Europe, mainly on the back of the ongoing automotive industry transformation from fossil fuel to electrical vehicles. 

Morten Halleraker
Morten Halleraker, Head of the Batteries unit in Hydro

There is demand for a sustainable European battery value chain, and Hydro and Norway is well placed to take significant positions in this sector.

Hydro is in the middle of efforts to develop vehicle battery production and recycling, as well as electrification of ferries and energy storage solutions – all built on experience with ownership stakes in recent years in industry pioneers.

Working with strategic partners Panasonic and the Norwegian energy company Equinor, Hydro is eyeing a potential new electric vehicle battery plant in Norway, and is in a joint venture with battery producer Northvolt to recycle used vehicle batteries.

Morten Halleraker, Head of the Batteries unit in Hydro, says the future of transportation in Europe is electric, and Hydro is along for the ride.

“Right now, we are focused on scaling the very best technology with the absolute leaders in the space,” Halleraker says. “But we have the clear ambition to develop the technology together with those leaders.

“We are seeing a historic possibility to build an entirely new industry in Europe. It’s a sustainable industry. It is the future. And it’s happening right now.”

You can hear more from Morten Halleraker, Head of the Batteries unit in Hydro, in the Hydro Talks podcast, “Batteries: Charging up to meet the future” and view other topics on the Hydro Talks page, where you will find links to SpotifyApple and Google podcasts 

The podcast Hydro Talks sets out to explore the modern dilemmas for industry and society. How can we create a more viable society? How can we produce better while consuming less? What should investors expect? What kind of technology and innovation can we implement to work smarter? In Hydro Talks we try to make sense out of these dilemmas. Remember to subscribe! 

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