Northvolt Partners With Stora Enso For Lignin-Based Battery Anode – Mac Pro Tricks

Lignin is a polymer found in plant cell walls that grow in dry land. These are the things that give the tree its strength, which has a lignin content of up to 30%. It is also one of the largest renewable carbon sources. Northvolt, the Swedish battery maker, wants to get more of the raw material it needs from local sources, as companies everywhere are finding that over-reliance on distant suppliers can lead to serious supply chain disruptions.

Stora Enso is a company based in Finland (which happens to be a neighbor of Sweden, for those of you who were sick the day they taught world geography at school). It is said that it is the owner of the largest private forest in the world. Its business focuses on providing the global community with sustainable products for packaging, biomaterials, wood structures and paper. “We believe that anything made from fossil-based materials today can be made from trees tomorrow,” the company said.

In a press release this week, Northvolt and Stora Enso said they are working together to create a sustainable battery using lignin-based hard carbon produced with renewable wood from Nordic forests. The goal is to develop the world’s first industrial battery with anodes derived exclusively from European raw materials, thereby reducing CO2 footprint and costs.

“The joint development of the battery with Northvolt marks a step in our journey to serve the fast-growing battery market with renewable anode materials made from trees. Lignode, our lignin-based hard carbon, will secure the supply of strategic European anode feedstocks that serve the needs of sustainable batteries for applications from mobility to stationary energy storage,” said Johanna Hagelberg, Head of Biomaterials at Stora Enso.

Stora Enso will supply Lignode from sustainably managed forests, while Northvolt will be responsible for the design, development of production processes, and improvement of Lignode-based technologies.

“With this partnership, we are exploring new sources of sustainable raw materials and expanding the European battery value chain, while developing cheaper battery chemicals. This is a compelling demonstration of how our efforts for a sustainable battery industry go hand in hand with creating a positive impact on society and costs,” said Emma Nehrenheim, environmental manager at Northvolt.

Stora Enso has set up a pilot plant for bio-based carbon materials located at its production site in Sunila, Finland, where it has been producing lignin commercially since 2015. Currently, its annual lignin production capacity is 50,000 tons, making the company the largest kraft company. . lignin producer in the world.

Based on CNBC, companies such as Volvo Cars, BMW and Volkswagen have ordered more than $55 billion worth of products with Northvolt, whose first battery plant has started supplying battery cells to European customers. Volkswagen was part of a recent $1.1 billion funding round for Northvolt.

Making electric vehicle batteries from locally produced sustainable materials is good news for those of us who are welcoming the EV revolution.

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