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Stora Enso fosters sustainable electrification

 Tuesday, November 29, 2022

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Stora Enso created lignin from sustainably managed Nordic forests, to turn into an anode material for batteries. In the centre of transition is the electrification of everything. Thi necessitates more batteries as the requirement for electrification rises. Electrification is the foundation of society. There are batteries everywhere. This is a fact right now and will continue to be true over the years to come at an accelerating rate. To fulfil the demands of the future, we must discover innovative and clever solutions based on renewable resources.

Faster charge rates, European supply chain, sustainable, fossil-free origin

Trees are essential in the fight against climate change because wood, which is a renewable natural resource, offers an advantageous substitute for products derived from fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources. By using renewable materials instead of those derived from finite resources, carbon storage can be increased. Lignin is produced from sustainably managed Nordic woods and that is used as an anode material for batteries with Lignode by Stora Enso. When making cellulose fibre, lignin is a byproduct that is one of the world’s largest renewable sources of carbon. Stora Enso innovation Lignode, is a material that uses lignin in place of synthetic graphite. Batteries, typically those used in consumer electronics and the automotive sector, as well as substantial energy storage systems, can be made from lignin-based carbon. When it comes to quality, non-graphitic carbon anode materials, lignin is on par with other sources of hard carbon. To combat increasing environmental regulations brought on by climate change and the demand for green energy, the car industry may find that investing in this fossil-free and renewable alternative offers both a substantial marketing advantage and a workable solution.

A certain benefit is that Lignode makes it possible for the battery to charge and discharge quicker than with graphitic carbon. Faster charge rates also lessen the need for infrastructure for charging and make smaller batteries per car solutions possible. The raw material is also very sustainable, which contributes to the achievement of policy-driven environmental goals and offers a substantial competitive advantage.

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