About Eyde Energy park

Why the name Eyde Energy park?

The name pays homage to Sam Eyde, a native of Arendal, Norway and the significant role that he played in the history of Arendal’s industrial/business development. His name is inextricably linked to the second phase of the industrial revolution in Norway which ran from the turn of the century to around 1920. Eyde, an engineer, was central to the establishment of several companies such as Norsk Hydro, Elkem, Arendal smelter and DNN aluminum at Eydehavn. 

Will green areas and hiking trails be removed?

These are concerns that are being looked into by the zoning regulators who are tasked with studying the impact and consequences of the construction. 

Are windmills part of the plan?

Morrow has made a deal for the entire area but have no plans for windmills.

What is the municipality paying?

The municipality has acquired the plots at market price, and Morrow must, in turn, also pay the market price when it buys from the municipality. There are no subsidies from the municipality.

When will construction at Eyde Energy Park begin and when will operations start?

Morrow plans to build the Morrow Industrialisation Centre (MIC) which will comprise of several buildings, including the Cell Pilot Factory and the Battery Innovation Centre. Construction of these factories have already begun and they are expected to be operational in Q1 2023 and Q3 2022 respectively. 

Morrow will also be building a Gigafactory at the Eyde Energi Park in 3 phases. Construction will begin in 2023 with all three phases scheduled to be operational by the end of 2026. 

How will the factory impact Arendal?

Experience from other similar projects shows that different types of suppliers, both of goods and services, will establish themselves in connection with the factory. This will in turn have a positive impact on existing local businesses. Businesses centerd around culture, sports, dining and trade will notice increased activity. Schools, kindergartens and the housing market will also be affected. There may also be new establishments that can utilise the surplus heat from production, such as land-based fish farming, horticulture, etc.

About Morrow Batteries

What kind of jobs will there be at Morrow?

There will be a need for people with a trade certificate, technical vocational school, bachelor’s and master’s education and PhDs. In the first years, it will be necessary to hire experts in battery technology from abroad.

Will there be around 2000 new jobs?

A similar project in Skelefteå municipality in northern Sweden, where Northvolt is building a battery factory, has shown a need for a large labor force. The battery factory must be able to quickly adapt to new technology and new production methods. Therefore, parts of the production will be automated, but many operations will also be manual.

When will the plan for 2500 jobs be realised?

This will happen gradually. Full production is targeted in 2028 but this also depends on market conditions.

WILL A CLIMATE-FRIENDLY BATTERY FACTORY REALLY NEED 2500 JOBS AT A TIME WHEN ROBOTS ARE AVAILABLE?

Morrow has provided this estimate based on full production in a few years’ time. Battery production is a very complicated process which requires a lot of process and ICT expertise. Experience from similar projects show a similar estimate.  

When will the hiring process begin?

It has already begun, to a certain degree. Morrow will advertise the sought after positions here: Morrow/Career

Will locals also be hired?

Yes, we believe so. In addition, experts from abroad will also be hired. 

Where can I find available positions at Morrow?
How are batteries produced?

This requires an answer, too long and complicated for this FAQ. We recommend asking Google. 

WHAT DOES THE FACTORY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

Morrow has said that it will produce the world’s most environmentally friendly and green batteries. Hence, it must focus on raw material supply, production conditions, CO2 emissions and transport from the factory. Battery technology is also vital to its success. 

What kind of battereis is Morrow making?

Battery technology is undergoing rapid development. The testing of new technology will be an important part of Morrow’s work in the time to come. Morrow will first create a pilot plant (MIC) that will test new production methods and new use of input factors / raw materials. It will be making batteries in cylindrical and prismatic form factors.

Does Morrow have a webpage?

Logistics, infrastructure, & materials

What materials are used to make batteries?

This is also an area of rapid technological development. Materials such as nickel, cobolt, lithium, graphite, aluminium are amongst those that are normally used. It remains unclear which materials Morrow will use, but it has made partnerships with companies such as vianode (Elkem) and Haldor Topsoe.

https://www.morrowbatteries.com/technology-products

Where will the materials come from?

This will vary depending on what types of battereis are produced, and this is not clear at this point in time. Morrow has, however, signed an MoU with Vianode.

https://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/vianode-signs-mou-for-supply-of-battery-materials-with-morrow-batteries-875329508.html

 

How much materials are needed?

Morrow estimates that it will produce 600,000 battery packs per year in full production. This will probably require 200 – 250,000 tonnes of raw materials in to the factory – and finished goods out. But these are only estimates and they may change in time to come.

How will the materials and batteries be transported?

Morrow plans to transport materials and batteries by using electric trucks which will run on a new industrial road to Arendal harbour in Eydehavn. From there, the goods will be shipped to central ports in the continent, and subsequently the European railway network will distribute the batteries to car factories all over Europe.

How large vessels can Arendal harbour, Eydehavn accomodate?

The port is planning to build a new deepwater quay for vessels up to 100,000 dwt and 280 meters long.

How will materials be transported from the harbour to the factory?

A new road will be built between the factory and the harbour to allow for the use of  autonomous zero-emission trucks to transport these materials.

How many vessels normally dock at the Arendal harbour?

Around 320 vessels dock at the harbour each year but this is predicted to increase in future. 

 

Will Arendal harbour be operating 24-hours a day?

Yes, this is likely, due to the increased cargo moving in and out of the harbour. 

Where will the completed battery packs be sent to?

Primarily to Europe, especially to car factories in Germany, France, Poland, the Czech Republic and the UK.

Will the railway system be used to distribute goods from the factory?

Yes, but only to a small extent. The Sørlandsbanen is only a single-track railway line and the maximum length of freight trains allowed on the line is about 500m. Due to these restrictions, the Eydehavn harbour in Arendal will be utilised to ship most of the goods from the factory to different locations in Europe followed by the European railway network to car factories all over Europe. 

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