Vianode opens R&D center for sustainable battery materials in Norway

In News1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 21, 2022

Battery maker Vianode has opened a research and development centre for sustainable battery materials in Norway.

The opening of VTC in Kristiansand entails that Vianode will expand its R&D efforts, including a new office, laboratory and recruitment of more battery materials scientists.

The centre will help Vianode establish a complete battery value chain in Norway for the European market.

“Our materials are produced with up to 90% lower emissions than today’s standard anode graphite materials, with unique characteristics enabling faster charging, increased range and better recyclability,” said Stian Madshus, general manager and VP in Vianode.

“Still, it is essential to keep a dedicated focus on continuous improvement and next-generation battery materials going forward.

“VTC is established next to Vianode’s industrial pilot, only a short drive away from our planned first phase plant at Herøya. This will ensure that industrialisation and R&D go hand in hand.”

Vianode recently announced an investment of NOK$2 billion in a battery materials plant at Herøya, Norway, targeting production of anode graphite for about 20,000 electric vehicles per year by 2024.

The investment is the first phase in a larger investment plan. The plant construction will be carried out in parallel with preparations for a second phase plant scaled to provide battery materials to two million EVs per year by 2030, covering a significant share of the global EV market.