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With more than 100 years of experience in hydropower, Hydro is one of the top three largest operators of power production in Norway.

Exterior of the Hydro Såheim building, winter night

Energy, in several kinds of forms, play a vital role in Hydro’s value chain. About 50 percent of the operating costs of aluminium production are energy related, and power cost is a major cost-differentiating element for aluminium plants around the globe.  

The low carbon footprint of Hydro’s aluminium is a unique competitive advantage, and it is in large enabled by efficient technology and emission free power in the aluminium production process.  

Because it takes a lot of energy to produce primary aluminium, it is very important to use energy sources that leave a small carbon footprint. An aluminium plant which base its electricity on coal leaves a five times larger CO2 footprint than one that base its production on electricity from renewable sources.

For these reasons, Hydro has a separate Energy business area. On these pages you can find out more about Energy’s operations and our strategy.  


  • Around 200 employees in Norway, Germany and Brazil 
  • Norway's third largest producer of renewable power 
  • Large market player in Nordics and in Brazil