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Stora Enso's wood-based battery material scoops Metsä360 award

Global forest industry major, Finland-headed Stora Enso Oyj has announced that its bio-based battery material "Lignode by Stora Enso" has won the Metsä360 award in Finland. Funded by the Marjatta and Eino Kolli Foundation and granted for the second time, the prize of EUR 30 000 was announced at the Lahti Science Day on November 18, 2021.

Stora Enso Oyj has announced that its bio-based battery material “Lignode by Stora Enso” has won the Metsä360 award in Finland. Funded by the Marjatta and Eino Kolli Foundation and granted for the second time, the EUR 30 000 in prize money was announced at the Lahti Science Day on November 18, 2021 (photo courtesy Stora Enso).

An expert group consisting of representatives from Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT University), the Kolli Foundation, and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) had identified candidates with a significant impact on increasing the added value of forests and invited the most inspiring ones as the award finalists in spring 2021.

According to a statement, the jury concluded that the renewable and non-toxic Lignode, which is produced as a pulp production by-product at Stora Enso’s Sunila Mill in Finland, offers opportunities on a global scale.

Battery manufacturers are looking for more sustainable materials for e-mobility solutions. The growing importance of sustainability in the automotive industry has led car and battery manufacturers to invest heavily in reducing the carbon emissions of electric vehicles.

As a material for lithium-ion batteries, lignin significantly increases its added value and has the potential to radically transform traditional industries.

We warmly thank the Marjatta and Eino Kolli Foundation and LUT University for the Metsä360 award, which promotes innovations, solutions, or activities aiming at increasing the processing value of our forests. At our pilot plant in Kotka, Finland, we produce lignin-based carbon material as an alternative to the fossil-based graphite that is traditionally used in batteries. This allows us to develop and utilize bio-based chemical intermediates and forest industry by-products in a versatile way, said  Lauri Lehtonen, SVP Innovations at Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division.

Stora Enso will donate the entire prize money to Finnish Forest Museum Lusto, whose exhibitions, collections, events, and theme days provide a diverse and illustrative insight into the significance of forests in the life of Finns.

In addition to Stora Enso, the nominees were OiOi Collective Oy and Kuhmo-based wood product cluster Woodpolis.

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