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Morrow and Stena Recycling partner to build circular battery value chains

Morrow and Stena Recycling partner to build circular battery value chains
Morrow Batteries and Stena Recycling have signed an agreement on the recycling of battery production scrap (photo courtesy Morrow).

Morrow Batteries ASA (Morrow), a Norwegian battery technology and production company has announced that has signed an agreement with Sweden-headed recycling major Stena Recycling, part of Stena Metall AB regarding the recycling of battery production scrap from the Morrow Cell Factory in Arendal, Norway.

According to the agreement, the production scrap will be handled at Stena Recycling’s new facility for battery recycling in Halmstad, Sweden.

The goal is to build a complete circular battery value chain using recycled material in new battery cell production.

We proudly share Stena Recycling’s vision to create a circular society where nothing goes to waste. Morrow aims for low scrap rates and stable, high-quality production delivered by our skilled machine operators and manufacturing engineers. Nevertheless, some scrap volumes will need responsible handling, and we are confident that Stena Recycling is the right partner to achieve recycling excellence. As soon as Morrow starts trial production in 2024, Stena Recycling will start receiving and handling scrap from the production process, said Lars Christian Bacher, CEO of Morrow.

First industrial-scale battery recycling facility

Under the agreement, Stena Recycling will train personnel in relevant procedures at the Morrow Cell Factory. They will collect and handle the scrap at their new battery recycling facility in southern Sweden.

This is one of Europe’s first industrial-scale battery recycling facilities. Stena Recycling’s advanced recycling process will recover valuable battery material, which can be used to manufacture new batteries.

Morrow is focused on efficiency, sustainability, and environmental impact. Consuming fewer resources in the form of energy and raw materials is their goal, as well as ours. We look forward to a new circular partnership and a holistic solution to increase resource efficiency and minimize emissions, said Marcus Martinsson, Product Area Manager of Batteries at Stena Recycling Group.

The parties have agreed that for the next 18 months, Stena Recycling will manage Morrow’s production scrap from the Morrow Cell Factory.

The two companies have a shared ambition to build a complete circular battery value chain where recycled material is re-inserted into battery production.

We hope – and expect – this to be the first stepping stone in a wider joint effort to enable agile and circular battery value chains, said Stina Torjesen, Sustainability Director in Morrow.

The parties will further explore establishing a larger facility in Eyde Material Park in southern Norway that can handle Morrow waste streams in combination with other streams.

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