OSLO, Norway—With an eye toward electric vehicles, Elkem has founded pilot company Vianode to focus on advanced battery materials.
Vianode, to be based Kristiansand, Norway, will "produce sustainable and high quality active anode materials to meet the needs of the exponentially growing electric vehicles marketplace."
Elkem introduced the Vianode branch in early May.
"The production of battery materials represents one of our biggest growth opportunities," Elkem CEO Michael Koenig said. "By commissioning the industrial pilot, we have taken a significant step in preparing our products for customers. By establishing Vianode as a dedicated company for advanced battery materials, we ensure full focus on developing this business and progressing the large-scale battery plant toward a planned final investment decision in 2021."
Elkem will transition its existing operations in advanced battery materials to Vianode, according to Elkem. The company is seeking industrial and financial partners, and is looking to hire for its facility in Heroya Industrial Park.
Vianode has started qualification processes with several battery cell producers.
The Elkem subsidiary entered into a memorandum of understanding for battery materials with Freyr in October 2020 and has received financial support from Enova, a Norwegian government body, to fund planning of a high-production battery materials plant in Norway.