Monday, March 27, 2023

A Finnish company will use residues from pine trees as batteries for electric cars

Innovative energy and automotive energy chains continue to achieve zero-emission batteries and move towards neutrality in vehicle mobility. Thanks to our colleagues from Computer Today, we have learned that a Finnish company wants to turn electric vehicles into electric vehicles by (taking) waste from the trees.

Stora Enso is a Nordic company that had this incredible idea, since it is dedicated to the processing of renewable forest materials. Scientists have managed to develop a product called Lignode, which is nothing more than carbon derived from wood that can be used to make lithium-ion electric batteries for electric vehicles.

This renewable material can replace graphite (a mineral that China controls 84% ​​of the world) and which makes about 30% of batteries.

What is the material that works the miracle?

Science never ceases to amaze us, because Lignode is made from lignin, made from software. In fact, lignin is a natural polymer (composed of large molecules) that gives strength and rigidity to trees.

The lignin is then processed, either burning it to generate energy or disposing of it as waste. But Finnish researchers have come up with the exact equation to get a profit from their products. Stora Enso has found the key to extracting lignin and turning it into a material that powers batteries.

A study carried out by a Nordic firm that led to this main focal cell, trees have between 30 and 40 percent of lignin, which is separated from the cellulose in the trees by a paper fabric to prevent it from taking that yellow color. in the old common papers.

After all that is Lignode. As Stora Enso explains, it can manufacture high-capacity batteries for electric vehicles. Analyzes carried out indicate that these batteries require less virgin materials than traditional ones, and the manufacturing process consumes less energy.

No brands have yet been put on the market for these batteries, but Stora Enso has set up a pilot plant that is the second step in increasing production. Tomorrow’s trees can grow from today’s trees. However, it will be necessary to find out what they think about the environment. Not CO2 pollution, but trees…

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