WELL-ATTENDED BATTERY KICK-OFF

CONFERENCE IN HALMSTAD

Electrification and battery operation are making inroads into more and more contexts. Taking care of all the worn-out batteries and reusing or recycling them efficiently has become a major challenge for the future. Stena Recycling aims to become one of the largest players in the battery field in Europe.

“The trend towards increasing numbers of products containing batteries has just begun. We see a sharp rise in the years leading up to 2030, driven mainly by increased electrification in the automotive industry. This will subsequently lead to increased demands on processes for reuse and recycling.”

This according to Hans Eric Melin, international consultant and expert on opportunities and challenges related to batteries as an energy source. He was one of the speakers at a well-attended conference focusing on batteries, recently held at the Stena Nordic Recycling Center in Halmstad.

“It’s time to take a position in the growing battery market,” says Rasmus Bergström, Executive Director for Product Development at the Stena Recycling Group and responsible for the battery initiative. “Both in terms of recycling and reuse. This is a business opportunity we must exploit, and we have set an ambitious goal that by 2024, we will be one of the three largest players in Europe with a market share of about 20 percent.”

There are already several concrete examples of the journey having begun. For about a year now, there has been a battery center at the Stena Nordic Recycling Center for developing methods and processes for handling different types of batteries. Corresponding centers will also be established in other markets where Stena Recycling operates. At the same time, the newly started Stena company BatteryLoop is working on creating battery energy stocks. One example is the collaboration between Volvo Buses and Stena Fastigheter where used bus batteries are employed for energy storage at a Gothenburg property.

The purpose of the battery conference was to invite participants to gain knowledge and inspiration, and to lay the foundation for our services.

“We’re building knowledge and methods at our battery center in Halmstad with the aim of expanding to other markets,” says Rasmus Bergström. “It was very gratifying to see that all countries where we have operations were represented at our battery conference; it indicates a major interest in this area.” ⁄

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The purpose of the battery conference was to invite participants to gain knowledge and inspiration, and to lay the foundation for our services. Here Daniel Spiljak shows how a battery from an electric car is handled.

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Rasmus Bergström

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Hans Eric Melin

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