ABB and Talga, the latter a battery anode and graphene additives company headquartered in Perth Western Australia, signed a memorandum of understanding with plans underway for production facility and integrated graphite mine in Sweden. The target is to jointly develop Talga’s Vittangi Anode Project in northern Sweden.

Combining a scalable battery anode production facility with integrated graphite mining operations, the project will be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity to supply ultra-low emission coated anodes for green lithium-ion batteries. It will be located around 15 kilometres from the town of Vittangi and is expected to begin anode production at 19,000 tons per annum from 2023.

ABB and Talga

Batteries and graphite rod (photo by Talga)

ABB and Talga, the official statements

«ABB is at the forefront of industrial automation and electrification, and we are very pleased to have their support as we continue to execute on our plan to build one of Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery anode production facility for more sustainable batteries», said Mark Thompson, Managing Director, Talga Group.

On the other hand, Björn Jonsson, Division Manager North Europe, Process Industries, ABB, added: «Supporting the development of Talga’s Vittangi Anode Project provides us with an additional opportunity to showcase ABB’s leadership in industrial automation and smart electrification, applied towards construction of key operations for the emerging European battery supply chain».

ABB and Talga

Visualization of anode facility (photo by Talga)

ABB and IBM to bolster cybersecurity for industrial operations

Furthermore, ABB and IBM announced a collaboration focused on connecting cybersecurity and operational technology. As a first result of this collaboration, ABB has developed a new OT Security Event Monitoring Service that combines ABB’s process control system domain expertise with IBM’s security event monitoring portfolio to help improve security for industrial operators.

To better connect OT data with the broader IT security ecosystem, ABB has developed a new offering that allows security events from ABB to be sent to IBM’s security information and event management platform known as QRadar.