Stora Enso and Northvolt Work on Wood-Based Batteries

Swedish-Finnish Stora Enso and Swedish Northvolt have entered into a Joint Development Agreement to create a sustainable battery featuring an anode produced using lignin-based hard carbon produced from Nordic forest wood.

The aim is to develop the world’s first industrialized battery featuring anode sourced entirely from European raw materials, lowering both the carbon footprint and the cost. As reported, both companies bring key components, competence, and expertise to the battery partnership. Stora Enso will provide its lignin-based anode material Lignode, originating from sustainably managed forests, while Northvolt will drive cell design, production process development and scale-up of the technology. Stora Enso’s pilot plant for bio-based carbon materials is located at the Group’s Sunila production site in Finland, where lignin has been industrially produced since 2015. The annual lignin production capacity is 50,000 tons, making Stora Enso the largest kraft lignin producer in the world, the information said. The corporate group is also evaluating its first industrial production of Lignode at the Sunila site through a feasibility study.

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 3/2022, Page 14, Photo: Northvolt AB)