18/09/2020

Terrafame’s nickel sulphate production offers 60% lower carbon footprint than existing conventional processes

Our subsidiary fights climate change by enhancing low-carbon mobility with responsible battery chemicals.

IN TERRAFAME'S production process, the carbon footprint generated through the production of one kilogram of nickel sulphate is 1.75 kg CO2-eq(1, compared to the industry average of 5.4 kg CO2-eq.(2

The carbon footprint of 1 kg of Terrafame’s nickel sulphate corresponds to driving 10 km with an average petrol-powered passenger car(3. The value for industry average is 30 km/kg.

When Terrafame’s nickel sulphate hexahydrate is used in electric vehicle batteries, the annual savings in CO2 emissions correspond to a total of 3,400 million kilometres of driving with petrol car, i.e. approximately 85,000 journeys around the world.

– Terrafame will soon move downstream and start the production of battery chemicals in early 2021.
– A certified(4 life cycle assessment shows that the carbon footprint of Terrafame's nickel sulphate hexahydrate is more than 60% lower than that produced through conventional production technologies.
–Terrafame’s bioleaching-based production process uses about 90% less electricity and thermal energy in the production of nickel sulphate than the industry average.(5 
– Terrafame's integrated production process – which begins in its own mine and ends with battery chemicals production on one industrial site – is a unique and energy-efficient entity that provides customers with a transparent, traceable, and truly European battery chemical production chain.

 

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1) The CO2-eq, i.e. the CO2 equivalent, represents the combined climate warming effect of various greenhouse gases.
2) Life cycle assessment of Terrafame nickel products, Sphera Solutions GmbH, August 2020.
2) Gaia Consulting Oy.
3) The LCA analysis of Terrafame nickel products has been verified by Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, September 2020.
4) Life Cycle Assessment of Nickel Products, Nickel Institute, May 2020.
5) Rho Motion.