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Northvolt to build third battery plant with integrated recycling


The Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt will build a battery cell manufacturing plant in Heide, Germany. The plant which will will start to produce batteries already in 2025 will have capacity of 60 GWh and will be the third plant for Northvolt which is about to start production in its first plant, in Skellefteå, Sweden, and has initiated construction of a jointly owned plant with Volvo Cars in Gothenburg, Sweden.


In a statement Northvolt says the new plant will "target an on-site battery recycling plant which will ensure efficient reuse of byproducts from the production process and provide a sustainable solution for end-of-life electric vehicle batteries recovered from European markets.


Northvolt is currently constructing a recycling plant in Skellefteå adjacent to the battery factory. This plant will eventually have a capacity of 125,000 tonnes. In the press release the company reiterates its target to use recycled batteries as a major feedstock but has changed its wording from "50 percent of our raw material in 2030 coming from recycled batteries" to "plans to establishing recycling capabilities to enable 50 percent of all its raw material requirements to be sourced from recycled batteries by 2030".


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