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Our businesses

Hydro is a leading aluminium and renewable energy company committed to a sustainable future. Our purpose is to create more viable societies by developing natural resources into products and solutions in innovative and efficient ways.

Our businesses in aluminium

Hydro is present throughout the aluminium value chain, from energy to bauxite mining and alumina refining, primary aluminium, aluminium extrusions and aluminium recycling.

Aluminium business areas

Hydro Extrusions serves customers in all industries, from automotive and mass transportation to building and construction, electronics, offshore and maritime. Our experts help design and manufacture customized extrusions to fully fabricated components. We can also offer solutions made with recycled and low-carbon aluminium.

Hydro Bauxite & Alumina includes one of the largest bauxite mines in the world and the largest alumina refinery outside China, both located in Brazil. We extract the bauxite in Paragominas and refine it to obtain alumina (aluminum oxide) at the Alunorte refinery in Barcarena. Bauxite and alumina represent the first two links in the value chain on the way to aluminium metal that becomes a wide variety of aluminium products supporting several industries.

With primary metal production facilities in Europe, Canada, Australia, Brazil and Qatar, and recycling facilities throughout Europe and in the U.S., two-thirds of our primary aluminum production is based on renewable energy.

Aluminium joint ventures

Albras is the largest producer of primary aluminium in Brazil and has been supplying domestic and external markets with high-purity ingots since 1985. Hydro is the company's main shareholder, with 51% of the shares in this joint venture. The other shareholder is Nippon Amazon Aluminum Co. Ltd. (NAAC), formed by a consortium of Japanese companies, trading companies, and consumers and manufacturers of aluminium products.

The Qatalum site includes a carbon plant, a reduction plant, a casthouse, port and storage facilities as well as a captive power plant. The value-added extrusion ingots and foundry alloys produced there are used in a variety of industries, including automotive, construction, engineering and consumer goods manufacturing. Qatar Aluminium Limited is owned equally by Hydro Aluminium of Norway and Qatar Aluminium Manufacturing Company (QAMCO) of Qatar.

Slovalco is a primary aluminium producer in Ziar nad Hronom, Slovakia. Slovalco has an annual production capacity of 175,000 tonnes of primary aluminium and a casthouse capacity of close to 200,000 tonnes. The final products are aluminium alloys in the shape of extrusion ingots and primary foundry alloys shaped as ingots. Hydro is the company's main shareholder, with 55.3% of the shares in this joint venture.

Aluminium brands

With nearly 75 years of experience, Wicona stands for specialized know-how and technical competence in aluminium system solutions. Sustainability is our guiding principle. We deliver complex building envelopes addressing special technical challenges, backed by high technological standards, rigorous system considerations and quality processing of products. And service excellence. Because we believe that no limits should be placed on modern architecture.

Technal offers aluminium building systems designed to inspire contemporary architecture. Façades and curtain walls. Doors and windows. Sliding doors and balustrades. With inventive and expert solutions, with pure design and top performance, we answer challenges every day – as we have since 1960. Imagination makes the world go round. Where others see a window, we see cutting-edge technology that benefits both users and the environment. We see the future.

Sapa’s aluminium knowledge, design expertise and clear vision have set the standard in Scandinavia for nearly 60 years. We offer systems that provide functionality, respect for the environment, energy efficiency and style. Glass sections in large dimensions. High-performing systems for renovations and new constructions. Products that reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. Our vision drives us to innovate and to inspire. To stay one step ahead.

Our businesses in energy

Hydro Energy has more than 100 years of experience in production of renewable energy. Today, we are one of the three largest operators of hydropower production in Norway and a large power market player in the Nordic region and Brazil. We are responsible for developing new business opportunities for Hydro within renewable energy, hydrogen and batteries, and we provide support to the rest of Hydro’s business areas on contracts, security of supply and energy framework conditions.

Energy business areas

Hydro Energy has more than 100 years of experience in renewable energy production. We are one of Norway’s three largest operators of hydropower production and a large power market player in the Nordics and Brazil. We develop new business opportunities for Hydro in renewable energy, green hydrogen and batteries, and we provide support to other Hydro businesses on contracts, security of supply and energy framework conditions.

Energy fully owned companies

It is estimated that industrial companies are responsible for almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions. To reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, these emissions must be reduced rapidly and significantly. Hydro Rein aims to help industrial companies succeed with the energy transition by facilitating access to affordable renewable power, sourced from its portfolio of hydro, solar and wind projects in Brazil and the Nordics. Hydro Rein also provides industrial-scale, behind-the-meter solutions to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions and cut costs.

By offering clean hydrogen, which does not emit CO2 when used, we can help industrial companies succeed in their energy transition.

We need to move away from fossil fuels, and green hydrogen is key to making that happen. The core of our business is using green hydrogen based on renewable energy to replace fossil fuels across a range of sectors. This includes many heavy industries where a part of the production process often requires temperatures far higher than what electricity can produce, as well as the maritime sector and long-distance transport. Together, these three sectors make up almost 30% of global CO2 emissions and we have the opportunity to change that by getting them to switch to green hydrogen. We will develop, operate and own green hydrogen facilities, and provide our industry and energy expertise to customers to provide the solutions they need to make the fuel switch and transition to renewable energy.

Energy joint ventures

The world needs sustainable battery production, which means that we need a plan for what to do with them at end-of life. As the first generations of electrical cars are now reaching their end-of-life, there is urgent need to be ready to recycle both the cars and their batteries. Hydrovolt, a joint venture between Hydro and Northvolt, is building Europe’s largest electric car battery recycling facility in Fredrikstad, Norway. The recycling plant will be powered by 100% renewable energy. Once the plant is operational in Q1 2022, Hydrovolt will be able to recycle the entire Norwegian volumes, and we will also collect batteries from Sweden and other parts of Europe. We also plan to recycle other types of batteries, including from electric ferries and other ships.