BillerudKorsnäs and Uppsala University collaborate on paper batteries

July 06, 2017
By BillerudKorsnäs
Jul. 6, 2017 - BillerudKorsnäs and Uppsala University in Sweden say they have initiated a multi-annual collaboration to develop paper-based electrode materials.

Based on achievements at Uppsala University in combination with BillerudKorsnäs competence in industrial production and packaging development, the future’s sustainable fibre-based packaging will be explored.

The co-operation, which lasts three years, has been agreed between BillerudKorsnäs and Uppsala University Holding and aims to further develop research knowledge from the university to create energy storage in fibre structures by coating cellulosic fibres with electrically conductive polymers.

Behind the interdisciplinary research stands professors Maria Strömme and Albert Mihranyan at the department of nanotechnology and functional materials, as well as professor Leif Nyholm at the department of Inorganic Chemistry at Ångström Laboratory. According to the parties, techniques for energy storage in fibre structures could enable storage of electrical energy in a paper or cardboard sheet.

“Future packaging solution will offer consumers more features than today. With electrical energy stored in the paper itself, new opportunities are being opened to create these new features — the prerequisites for this we want to explore in collaboration with Uppsala university,” said Magnus Wikström, BillerudKorsnäs CTO.

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