Battery Production in Europe – An Important Corner Stone of Our Future Economy?

The smarter E Podcast Episode 67 | October 21, 2021 | Language: English

Europe’s turn towards clean energy and its very ambitious transition to emission free cars by 2035 especially create a huge need for lithium ion batteries. A need that comes along with the necessity of further research, huge manufacturing capacities, raw materials and a whole ecosystem of companies and suppliers. Hence you currently read about new Gigawatt factories being launched all across the continent, with politicians scrambling to lure investors to build their Gigawatt Factories in their constituency. GWf usually come with the need for highly skilled labour and the promise to boost the economy. Could this industry be an important corner stone of our future economy? We talk about this with Gery Bonduelle, Executive Vice Presidet Sales at FREYR.


  • 8.35: What is the role of lithium-ion battery production in Europe compared to the leading nations in Asia?
  • 11.22: Are the political framework conditions in Europe such that catching up with Asian competitors is within reach?
  • 15.02: About the future of batteries

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About FREYR and Gery Bonduelle:

FREYR is developing environmentally friendly lithium-ion based battery cell facilities in Mo i Rana, Northern Norway. FREYR will supply high energy density and cost-competitive clean batteries to rapidly growing markets globally using the best available technology and globally leading partners powered by low-cost, renewable hydro and wind power.

Gery Bonduelle comes to FREYR from a position as VP Sales for EMEA and APAC in Enersys, which identifies itself as a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, and where Gery worked for 25 years. He has extensive engineering, product development, and operational experience, which he combines with a commercial mindset to develop successful customer relations. Gery is a French citizen and has lived and worked in France, Mexico, the United States, and Switzerland.

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