Elkem and FREYR have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the potential commercial supply of battery materials from Elkem to FREYR’s lithium-ion battery cell facility under development in Norway.
Under the MoU, Elkem and FREYR will work together to establish long-term active anode material supply agreements, including battery graphite and high-content silicon battery materials, for FREYR’s initial pilot production line, the 2-25 GWh fast-track facilities and the subsequent 2-phase 32 GWh giga-factory. The agreement also includes joint development and industrial-scale testing of new high-performance active anode material and new technologies to provide battery cells with higher energy density, improved safety at a significantly lower cost. The agreement is non-binding and non-exclusive.
Stian Madshus, Vice President and General Manager Europe, Elkem Advanced Battery Materials said: “The market for better and greener batteries is growing rapidly. Elkem aims to take a competitive position in this market, contribute to a strong European battery industry and build new Norwegian export industry based on renewable hydropower. We experience strong interest in the market from several battery cell producers across the European continent, as well as the emerging battery industry in Norway. We are pleased to sign an MoU with FREYR to explore the potential for a future commercial supply agreement from Elkem and scaling up Elkem’s new silicon-graphite composite materials.”
Tom Einar Jensen, CEO, FREYR said: “We are very pleased to include Elkem in our rapidly expanding eco-system of suppliers and customers. Long-term supply of high-performance, competitive active anode materials to our battery cell production facilities in Northern Norway is a core catalyst to competitive battery cell production. By combining secure, stable long-term supply of high-performance active anode materials, state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and 100% renewable energy, we are continuing to enable FREYR to deliver the most efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly battery cells to all market segments.”