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Hydropower and recycled materials to challenge China's battery dominance

In northern Sweden, construction is underway on a 100 hectare factory lot, meant to supply sustainable batteries for European electric vehicles. Though Chinese companies dominate the market, Northvolt is unconcerned: There is plenty of room in the market, and the company has a green advantage, says Northvolt’s Nordic head of communications.

This is the layout of the Skellefteå plant upon completion. | Photo: Northvolt

Half of the area is gravel desert scattered with container offices, and the other half is taken up by rectangular silver-grey factory buildings of an imposing size, surrounded by Swedish pine forests as far as the eye can see. There are no immediate signs that a veritable breakthrough has occurred at the 100-hectare area near the small town of Skellefteå in northern Sweden.

But inside the buildings, battery manufacturer Northvolt produced and sold the first commercial lithium-ion battery produced in Europe for a car manufacturer on May 22. And since then, things have been moving fast.

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