Vianode, an advanced battery materials company providing sustainable anode graphite solutions, has been awarded a EUR 30 million grant from Innovation Norway under the IPCEI EUBatin program. The funding will support the development of the Herøya plant as part of the industrialization of a European low-carbon battery value chain.

The grant from Innovation Norway under the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) program is designed to expedite green transition innovations to market at scale. Vianode’s customer qualification plant at Herøya, Norway is based on Vianode’s proprietary technology that sets a new industrial standard for sustainable production of anode graphite solutions. IPCEI is a transnational program to develop European cooperation and public-private partnerships with the possibility of exempting public support regulation, administered locally by Innovation Norway.

“Vianode is ambitiously aiming to enhance the sustainability of batteries and electric vehicles by creating a new benchmark for producing battery materials. The backing from IPCEI is crucial in reaching this goal. Solid and supportive regulatory frameworks are indispensable to build the required momentum for a lithium-ion battery ecosystem in Norway and Europe,” says Burkhard Straube, CEO of Vianode.

Vianode is targeting to produce high-performance anode graphite solutions for 3 million EVs annually by 2030 across Europe and North America. The company started small-scale production of synthetic anode graphite in 2021 and currently has operations at its pilot plant and technology center in Kristiansand, Norway. The Herøya plant is on track for start-up in the second half of 2024.

Anode graphite is the largest component of a lithium-ion battery in terms of weight, up to 70 kilos per battery cell, and a key element regardless of battery technology. Vianode’s solution contributes to a 90% reduction in CO2 footprint compared to conventional production, a 40% reduction in energy use and substantially reduced supplementary material consumption, local emissions, land use and water consumption.

IPCEI EUBatin is the second part of a two-stage IPCEI program seeking to drive industrialisation across the battery value chain. The battery IPCEI programs include public support of EUR 6 billion which is expected to trigger around EUR 14 billion in additional private investments.