Hagal is an important part of the green shift. That energizes me at work.

The experienced software developer, Andreas Solbrå, loves that he is allowed to be involved from the idea phase until the product is finished.

When Solbrå started in Hagal in May 2021, he was one of the first software developers to join the battery technology company. He has a doctorate in computational neuroscience and a master’s degree in physics from University of Oslo (UiO), and was a Senior Data Scientist and Tech Lead in the IT company, Cognite.

It was exciting to get into a start-up company. I didn’t know if it would still exist in a year, but Hagal was able to get funding and expand, and now I’m really happy that I took the chance and jumped on board, says Solbrå.

At Hagal, he works on developing the cloud solution that is used in connection with storage and analysis of data from battery modules. He says that Hagal uses artificial intelligence for analysis both at the macro level and on the circuit boards that monitor each individual cell in the battery packs.

Part of the entire life cycle of the products

What is the most exciting thing you have had to work with at Hagal?

– What’s fun is that you get a lot of responsibility and the opportunity to be involved throughout the entire process of the products. From the moment you identify which problems you are going to solve, to building it, and then taking responsibility for it working properly, up until the customer gets and uses the solution.

Solbrå says that in larger companies it’s more common to work with a very small part of the cycle. In a smaller company it’s not possible to just pass things on to another department – you and your team have to figure it out for yourself.

– You have a much better overview of the whole when you work in a company like Hagal. There will be more inertia in a large system, and not as much time to work with the actual problem solving. It’s the problem solving I like best.

– Plus, the technology we work with is very cool, he adds.

Good corporate culture and high ceilings

How would you describe Hagal as a workplace, and why are you passionate about the company?

– Ultimately, you want it to be a place where you get energy from the job. I get this at Hagal, having sustainability at our core and being an important part of the green shift. Plus, I appreciate working with extremely talented people. Being part of creating a workplace where it is fun to come to work every day, gives me energy.

Now he is looking forward to Hagal expanding with even more employees.

– I like to make people around me better – teach others what I can. But I also learn a lot from other great people.

What qualities do you think you should have to thrive and succeed in a company like Hagal?

– It’s probably important to be a little self-motivated and be able to think independently about what problems to solve. Good communication is also important. You can’t expect someone telling you what to do at any given time.

The fact that there is room to work independently and come up with own ideas without being shot down, are just a couple of things he appreciates most.

– One of Hagal’s values ​​that I identify with the most is probably ‘Transparency’. There are no secrets within the company. All decisions can be discussed regardless of who they come from. There is room to discuss everything.

Solbrå thinks it’s no problem to balance work and leisure in Hagal.

– I have always believed that if you work with something creative, it’s difficult to work more than 5-6 hours a day on this. A lot of the effort is about coming up with new ideas.

– But now I find that I sometimes get carried away and forget the time, and have suddenly been sitting coding until late evening. But that is probably just a sign that I like my job, Solbrå concludes.

Do you want to work in Hagal? Take a look at our vacancies here – or send us an open application.

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Mona Øverby
Head of Marketing, Communication and Sustainability
Email : mona.overby@hagal.com
M : + 47 408 57 887

Hagal´s marine battery solutions win DNV GL Type approval

Hagal Ocean´s new generation of safe, high-performance battery solutions, the Eoh Series, has been approved by DNV GL.

–Top scores in the tests demonstrate the quality in fabrication and delivery of the Hagal Ocean solutions. The DNV Type approval is an important milestone, giving our customers and partners the confidence that our battery solutions meet the highest international standards and regulatory requirements, says William Braathen, CCO in Hagal.

Safe and reliable

Hagal Ocean´s lithium-ion batteries are based on LFP (LiFePO4) chemistry, replacing Lead Acid battery systems and internal combustion engines. Unlike more common batteries, LFP batteries use iron phosphate instead of rare and expensive materials such as nickel and cobalt. In addition to making the batteries more environmentally friendly, they are also far less flammable than many other types of battery cells.

With high performance and safety, at a lower cost, Hagal´s DNV certified solutions are challenging traditional alternatives, making battery technology the first choice.

–Our batteries are more compact and easy to install than traditional marine batteries.That is why they perfectly fit the needs for electrification in the aquaculture industry and for small and medium sized vessels. The Eoh batteries are already rolled out in several customer installations, Braathen says.

The Eoh battery series at a glance:

  • Based on the safest battery chemistry, LFP
  • Low installation and commissioning time
  • Designed for voltages up to 860 VDC
  • Low life cycle cost
  • Enhanced reliability with contained power connections
  • Flexible and modularised design
  • Passive single-cell Thermal Runaway protection
  • Scalable capacity according to vessel requirements
  • Industry-proven Battery Management System (BMS)
  • Remote monitoring capabilities

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Mona Øverby
Head of Marketing, Communication and Sustainability
Email : mona.overby@hagal.com
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Hagal Ocean batteries power the maritime sector

Norway has the world’s most electric maritime sector, but we need to speed up the electrification of shipping even more, says William Braathen, CCO in Hagal.

Fossil fuel sources, such as oil, coal and gas, account for around three quarters of the world’s energy consumption, and global warming has led “everyone” to “frantically” realize that the switch to renewable energy needs to happen at a faster pace.

– The challenge is that it is necessary to have a three times higher conversion speed than today. We will not achieve the climate goals quickly enough, but Hagal has the technology to electrify parts of the maritime industry even faster, says Braathen.

A challenge with the electrification of cars, boats and ships is that in the near future there will be a shortage of electricity in the power grid. This is where battery storage solutions are needed.

– The maritime sector has a huge need for energy and that is why we are investing in large batteries, including containers, with new, degraded and reused battery cells. These batteries can store large amounts of energy and the land-based installations are used as equalization buffers at the edges of the power grid, Braathen explains.

Great potential for emission reduction

With the acquisition of Norwegian Ocean Power and their battery solutions, Hagal Ocean is well equipped to help the less power-weight sensitive applications of the maritime sector with the transition to more sustainable energy sources. With high performance and safety, Hagal´s DNV certified solutions are challenging traditional alternatives, making battery technology the first choice.

– Ocean is one of the sectors where the potential for emission reduction has great potential in the short run. We have a large maritime sector that needs electrification, and Hagal can play an important role for the industry to be able to reach the emission targets, says Braathen.

Fully electric or hybrid

He says that both small and large boats will be electric, but that large ships will be hybrids, for the time being.

– For smaller vessels, full electrification is possible, says Braathen, and refers to the boats that are used in connection with the many fish farms along the coast.

He highlights that Enova has subsidy schemes where you can apply to have many segments of the fleet rebuilt for electric propulsion, as it can be expensive to have batteries installed in boats.

– But eventually it will be a requirement, he emphasizes.

An important milestone for Hagal Ocean is the launch of the Eoh battery pack, which is a Lithium iron phosphate battery, more specifically what is called LFP (LiFePO4) chemistry. Unlike many of today’s most common batteries, LFP batteries use iron phosphate instead of rare and expensive materials such as nickel and cobalt. In addition to making the batteries more environmentally friendly, they are also far less flammable than  many other types of battery cells.

The new Eoh batteries are already installed in the first customer projects, something Braathen rejoices.

– Since the start of Hagal two years ago, we have scaled up a lot, especially in electronics development. I think it’s fun that we are finally establishing a dedicated subsidiary, Hagal Ocean, to put extensive focus on the maritime sector and speed up electrification even more.

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Mona Øverby
Head of Marketing, Communication and Sustainability
Email : mona.overby@hagal.com
M : + 47 408 57 887

Hagal paves the way for battery reuse

Enormous amounts of used car batteries will end their life cycles at recycling facilities over the next few years. –Hagal’s new technology will ensure that battery reuse is a key measure to enable emission reduction and a better circular economy, says CEO Christian Ringvold.

In July, the EU released its green “super package”, Fit for 55, with a large number of measures and legislative changes that will contribute to the 2030 target of at least a 55 percent cut in emissions. At the same time, news of extreme weather has dominated the newscycle and reinforced the message that there is an urgent need to reduce climate emissions and prevent global warming from continuing.

– To achieve the goals that have been set, we need renewable energy sources – on a large scale. Oil, energy and coal currently make up around 80 percent of the world’s energy consumption. Electrification, with the phasing out of fossil fuels, will proceed at lightning speed in the next few years, but the current power grid is not dimensioned for the major system change. The calculation doesn’t work, says Ringvold, who is CEO of the Oslo-based scale-up.

– Energy storage solutions in networks are absolutely crucial for us to succeed with the electrification and transition to a zero-emission based society, and then batteries are needed. It is the only technology that is flexible enough and that ensures more balanced energy and consumption, he explains.

A battery revolution – with Norway in the driver’s seat

Ringvold saw the possibilities in battery technology early on when he worked for the battery producers, A123 Systems, in the USA, and later co-founded the battery manufacturer, Lithium Werks as a management buyout from A123 Systems. Those experiences gradually gave a clear picture of where the margins lie in the process of developing lithium batteries. Optimisation further down the value chain, by extending battery life, would be important for future sustainability.

– The ongoing system change has created a battery boom. Today, there are an enormous number of players who work with batteries and chemicals, and put all their efforts into developing the batteries of the future. The innovations are many, and lithium batteries are improved by an average of 3-4 percent each year. There will be many winners in this segment of the market, Ringvold states.

With more than 32 million electric cars on the roads, which have batteries that will be phased out when the capacity goes below 80 percent, means that we will get huge amounts of used batteries in the next few years. Norway, with its high share of electric cars and new sales of over 50 percent, is uniquely positioned for value creation through sorting and the reuse of batteries. Instead, efforts are directed at large-scale production and recycling of batteries.

– We will not be able to cover all the energy we need for electrification and energy storage, and end up in a situation with raw material shortages and deficits in batteries. The solution is to ensure the reuse of battery cells, in addition to using B cells that the car manufacturers do not want. If we can prevent the battery cells from going straight into the grinder, there will be more than enough batteries, the Hagal boss explains, and continues:

– In the next few years, technological development will ensure that the values ​​in the circular economy shift from recycling to reuse and “second life” for car batteries. The technology that makes this possible is emerging, and Hagal is in the driver’s seat.

 We have built a strong foundation for Hagal, developing the strategy and technology. Combined with outstanding top talent of employees that have a passion for sustainability and technology. Now it’s about execution and delivering in the market. We will also collaborate with companies that want to create change, develop a more sustainable business model and focus on circular solutions, explains the CEO.

Will make batteries a clear first choice

Hagal already supplies battery solutions to several companies, including in the maritime sector. Ringvold highlights ASKO Maritime as a brilliant example of green transformation in practice. They will use Hagal’s technology in their battery solutions for charging at the quay and backup of the world’s first-of-its-kind self-propelled cargo ships that start their journey between Horten and Moss in the new year.

– With Hagal’s technology, Rebel Core, we will save the batteries from the grinder and ensure that they are used in much-needed energy storage solutions for solar and wind, in battery solutions for ferries and construction sites, or as a green energy source for other critical infrastructure. Hagal wants to make electric power so easily accessible and easy to deal with that it will be the first, second and third choice, he says.

International prospects

The scalability of Hagal’s solutions means that customers outside of Norway’s borders can quickly become a reality. Ringvold makes no secret of the company’s high ambitions with plans for international expansion in 2022.

– You can have a very good idea, but it does not help if the timing is bad. With all the forces of the market: the steep curve for electrification, the large supply of used car batteries, new requirements and guidelines to ensure the transition to renewable energy and less emissions,  not least – the demands for quick action – Hagal is perfectly positioned for the market, and to introduce a new and an important contribution to the circular economy, in Norway and internationally, Ringvold emphasizes.

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Head of Marketing, Communication and Sustainability
Email : mona.overby@hagal.com
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