Exyte plans battery factory concept for Morrow Batteries

The engineering expert has designed the Li-ion Battery Giga-Site in Norway

Exyte has collaborated with Morrow Batteries in the development of integrated production concepts for their new state-of-the-art Lithium-Ion battery production site in Norway.

Morrow is a battery manufacturer with a mission to develop and manufacture the world's most cost-effective and sustainable battery cells. The concept designed by Exyte supports Morrow's goal to establish a "Battery Coast" in the South of Norway that is a sustainable battery value chain ecosystem.

The integrated manufacturing complex for Lithium-Ion battery cells will be located in the Eyde Energy Park, in Arendal in the South of Norway and spans across a total area of 100 ha on a site over 1.5 km long.

Exyte developed and structured the cell factories

The complex includes three battery cell factories with can stamp facilities, three cathode material plants, an R&D building including cell and active materials pilot lines, a visitors' centre, site infrastructure and a central administration building.

The construction of their first site buildings is estimated to start in 2022, with a start of operation target in late 2024. The complex, which is planned for a manufacturing capacity of more than 42 GWh, will be completed by 2026.

With the availability of abundant amounts of green and competitive energy and its location close to harbour and shipping routes to Europe, Eyde Energy Park is an ideal location to realise Morrow's mission.

Building plans

Exyte supported this huge production site plan with a concept study starting from Industrial Engineering and factory concept development to completion of the large-scale Site Master Plan. This included initial assessment of the specific shapes of the site and the available areas, particularly the topography, and certain landmarks that need to be maintained in place represented a specific feature of site master planning.

Exyte developed and structured the cell factories that included the tool layouts, area sizing, utility capacities, support functions, and logistics. All the buildings are embedded into the site according to the client's incremental production ramp-up schedule starting from the R&D centre up to the final complete manufacturing site.

Budget estimating and 3D architectural renderings of the site including a flyover video for visualisation purposes completed the requirements for the study.

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"Exyte has supported Morrow Batteries in the development of a site master plan, 3D renderings, and overall plant design. Their knowledge and experience from the battery manufacturing industry was instrumental for a successful outcome. They particularly impressed us with their agile and practical approach to find the optimal solution for Morrow Batteries," said Bård Karlsen, EVP Strategy and Operational Excellence of Morrow.

Klaus Eberhardt, Exyte's Technology Manager Battery and Director BD for Central Europe added: "We are delighted to support Morrow from the early project phase in order to develop a smart Site Master Plan for this Green Battery Facility complex and to work out an optimised phasing of the project with focus on minimised initial invest and the flexibility to expand rapidly, depending on market requirements."

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