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This is a project to create a truly carbon-neutral car that the Swedish company Polestar, a subsidiary of Volvo and Geely, has committed to complete by 2030. Stora Enso steps in with Lignode®
“As the renewable materials company, it is our core business to offer solutions to sustainability challenges,” says Johanna Hagelberg, Executive Vice President, Biomaterials division at Stora Enso. “To make a true change, we need to collaborate.”
The Polestar 0 project, launched in 2021, aims to create a climate neutral car by 2030 by eliminating all sources of CO₂ emissions – not only offsetting them – throughout the supply chain and production. Stora Enso takes on the challenge to contribute to the car battery’s climate neutrality with its bio-based battery anode material, Lignode®, with the aim to become a commercial supplier for the outcome of the Polestar 0 project. The new material should replace graphitic carbon, which today is either mined or made from fossil-based materials.
Lignode® by Stora Enso is made of lignin which comes from sustainably managed Nordic trees that grow back once harvested. This is the beginning of a revolution in battery technology that should lead to completely sustainable energy storage solutions.
“As the battery market is expected to grow tenfold in the next ten years, we need new ground-breaking battery technologies to sustainably cover the needs of the electrified future,” says Juuso Konttinen, Senior Vice President, Lignode at Stora Enso. “Lignode® is made from a material that grows back, trees, and is locally produced in Europe. The trees that are used for making Lignode® are traceable to their forests of origin.
“Lignode® also offers competitive benefits such as good performance in low temperatures and it allows quick charging and discharging of a battery. I believe that all these features are attractive for battery producers.”
To further improve the quality and customer value of lignin, as well as increase supply, Stora Enso began working with Valmet this month on next generation lignin product and process development.
Stora Enso has been the largest kraft lignin producer in the world since 2015. At its Sunila site in Finland, the company uses Valmet’s LignoBoost technology for lignin extraction.