Swedish steelmaker Björneborg is investing in a battery park using reused batteries from end-of-life electric vehicles.
As well as improving the circularity of the forge operation, the company says it will also support power peaks and provide a back-up solution for any disturbances in the power supply. The Bless III pack at the heart of the product is made by fellow Swedish operation BatteryLoop, a Gothenburg-based part of the Stena Metal Group.
‘We have investigated different alternatives but concluded that BatteryLoops’ concept was the absolute best solution,’ says Björneborg ceo Håkan Dedorsson. ‘We can support the grid stability as well as avoid the worst peaks of electricity prices and get a more predictable energy cost. By reusing electric car batteries, we are also strengthening our sustainability concept and continues our journey towards continuous fossil free and climate neutral production in 2026 onwards.’
BatteryLoop ceo Rasmus Bergström says it is stimulating to work with a company like Björneborg Steel. ‘Their focus on circularity and quality makes the collaboration extra rewarding. This installation shows the benefit our energy storage systems can make in an industry. Our system, including digital services, will both create benefits locally for Björneborg Steel as well as positive effects nationally.’