Sweden’s Vattenfall, Boliden to bring clean energy to mines, smelters

Rönnskär Smelting. Photo: Stefan Berg

April 2 (Renewables Now) - Swedish companies Vattenfall AB and Boliden AB (STO:BOL) have entered into a four-year partnership agreement to develop business solutions for mines and smelters that support electrification, the circular economy and a fossil-free future.

As part of the new alliance, Vattenfall will evaluate and enable the introduction of fossil-free technologies in electricity and charging infrastructure for transport and mining. Its partnership with base metals company Boliden covers solutions involving batteries, solar panels, electric transport and the recycling of new generation car batteries.

The pair will start this partnership by installing solar panels at the Bergsoe lead smelter in Landskrona shortly. This site is one of Europe's largest recyclers of lead batteries from cars, the announcement says.

At present, Boliden has mining and smelting activities in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Ireland.

"Industrial partnerships like this are crucial if we are to make progress on the electrification of industry and enable fossil-free living within one generation," said Magnus Hall, head Vattenfall.

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