umlaut supports FREYR to set up lithium battery cell factory
Aachen, 2020/06/08 – The demand for electric vehicles continues to rise, the demand for lithium batteries is increasing accordingly. In order to meet the needs from the automotive industry, specialized production facilities are required, especially on site in Europe.
That is why umlaut and the Norwegian expert for lithium-ion based battery cell facilities FREYR has signed a framework agreement for services related to concept development, planning and project management for the lithium battery cell factory in Mo i Rana, Norway, with targeted construction start in 2021.
'We will ensure top quality in every stage of production at our planned battery cell facilities. umlaut is a global battery technology specialist based in the core automotive nation of Germany. By bringing them into our project, we are building an even stronger team to execute our plan', says Chief Operating Officer Einar Kilde in FREYR.
The framework agreement includes services for production technology, design of lithium battery cells, energy optimisation and specifications for factory machinery. umlaut is an independent, international technology consulting company with a big footprint in eMobility and especially battery topics.
'The global market for EV batteries continues to grow steadily while the corresponding value and supply chains are optimized almost on a daily basis. Production plants for battery cells are becoming more and more fully automated and Asian manufacturers are operating their first production facilities in Europe - close to their customers. FREYR has understood the advantages and optimization potential of European cell production and scores with its location and the implementation of a smart factory concept to be a credible player in the market. Our initial discussions with FREYR’s team were inspiring and fruitful. We are looking forward to be part of this success story', says Sören Schrader, Partner at umlaut.
About FREYR FREYR is a Norwegian company planning 2+32 GWh lithium-ion based battery cell facilities and a 600 MW wind park in the municipalities of Rana and Nesna in Nordland, Norway. The company will supply battery cells to the rapidly growing market for electric vehicles in Europe, as well as supplying other rapidly growing markets within stationary storage marine and aviation application segments through cluster-based R&D initiatives with leading Norwegian, European and other international institutions and companies. For more information, see the home page at: freyrbattery.com