SaltX Technology, a Swedish energy storage company, recently announced that it has passed the first milestone in the strategic development project together with Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global manufacturer of fiber-based materials.

Over the last six months, the companies have reportedly been able to verify an industrial manufacturing method to coat graphene on paper and integrate it with SaltX patented nano-coated salt for its large-scale energy storage solution. The graphene manufacturer 2D fab participates in the project and supplies the graphene. The companies are now initiating production runs in Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s pilot line.

In this strategic collaboration, SaltX and Ahlstrom-Munksjö are developing and testing an industrial process for production of graphene-coated paper that is applied with nano-coated salt. The objective is to significantly reduce the production cost primarily of SaltX large scale energy storage solution but also of other applications.

“Together with Ahlstrom-Munksjö we have now achieved the first important goal in the project: to show that the manufacturing concept works on an industrial level. We are impressed by Ahlstrom-Munksjö's innovative ability and creativity to find scalable and industrial production methods for our energy storage materials and look forward to taking the next step towards full-scale production" says Karl Bohman, CEO of SaltX Technology.

”Innovation and product development is vital for us in order to ensure growth and competitiveness through improving existing products and designing new ones. This project is one of our many on-going R&D-projects with the target of securing our ability to provide our customers with advanced custom-made fiber-based materials also in the future. We have now found and proved an industrially viable concept for this application by using our know-how and adjusting our existing production methods. There are still a few more steps until we can reach full-scale production, but this was a first important step. For the Insulation business, this is another exciting exploration of what we can do with fibers for our customers and the end users in the energy sector”, says Anna Bergquist, Vice President for business unit Insulation at Ahlstrom-Munksjö.

"I have a long experience in the paper industry from SCA, and when I heard about Göran Bolin's invention to cover graphene on paper, I immediately understood that it had great potential. We will be a leading supplier of graphene and will throughout next year significantly increase our manufacturing capacity" says Sven Forsberg, CEO 2D fab.