Morrow Batteries today inaugurates its battery research and innovation hub, the Morrow Research Centre, in Grimstad, Norway.
The center is at the University of Agder's Campus in Grimstad, spanning 2,000 square meters of high-tech lab space and another 1,700 square meters of modern office space. It will house most of Morrow’s research activities and the development of Morrow Batteries' next-generation battery technology.
The Morrow Research Centre is supported by a large European automaker through a joint development agreement and was designed by Morrow specialists experienced in building up battery research centers.
"This is an important day for us at Morrow Batteries. While building the battery factory in Arendal, we now open the doors to the center where we will develop the world's most sustainable batteries in the heart of the growing battery cluster on the Southern coast of Norway. We are proud to contribute to realizing Norway's battery ambitions and building a new profitable industry based on our advantages," says Lars Christian Bacher, CEO of Morrow Batteries.
The research team at the center will be responsible for advanced material testing and battery cell testing, including experimenting with new processes and materials. The lab, covering 2,000 square meters, includes a 200 square meter state-of-the-art dry room and equipment for making and testing active cathode materials and for conducting advanced analyses of materials, electrodes and battery cells.
The center will produce small battery cells to validate and determine various battery components' optimal composition and structure. The goal is to learn about the best materials and components and how they can be prepared.
The research center is located at Campus Grimstad and accommodates part of the University of Agder's battery activities. There will be about 80 researchers, 70 from Morrow, including around 20 with a PhD degree. The center brings experts together, offering knowledge and expertise that until now has not been available in Norway.
The University of Agder and Morrow Batteries will conduct several joint industrial PhD projects.
"We are delighted by the establishment of Morrow's research and innovation center right here at Campus Grimstad. One hundred forty specialists from 25 countries have already joined Morrow, and we see the rapid emergence of a highly advanced and exciting professional community for battery technology development. We look forward to continuing our research-driven and leading work together with Morrow in the future.”, said Sunniva Whittaker, Rector of the University of Agder.