What if paper packaging could tell us if the food is fresh, what temperature the medicines have experienced during the transport and what products on the other side of the world are exposed to in this moment?
WHAT IF paper could store energy?
Soon it will be possible to store energy in a paper battery. With new techniques, it is possible for sensors to measure the key elements of packaged goods such as temperature, pressure, light and others. But for the sensors to be able to work, they need energy.
To store and transport energy in a paper structure is revolutionary. Now, a battery will be able to be integrated into the paper structure itself.
For us, who work with sustainable packaging and packaging materials, the development of smart and active packaging means new possibilities. This can be the start of something completely new
Q&A Paper Battery
What is the paper battery?
It is a battery with electrodes based on fibrous cellulose coated with an active material.
What can the paper battery do and how does it work?
It can store energy and, for example, enable energy storage in smart cartons.
Why does BillerudKorsnäs develop a paper battery?
The paper battery is a key piece of the puzzle for the long term development of smart packaging with many features, such as milk packages that tells when the milk is too old or a product packaging that tells if the package has been opened or damaged.
Will the paper battery be produced and if so when?
We have taken important steps in enabling the production of the material in our processes. The next step is to test and scale up production. In a few years, we may see the first application.
Who are involved in the project?
The paper battery is being developed in collaboration between researchers at Uppsala University and BillerudKorsnäs.