The Swedish Innovation Center is located in Stenungsund, Sweden, a west coast location close to the hub of the Swedish plastics industry, which hosts several leading players in high tech industries. The Stenungsund site encompasses a cracker and both high and low-pressure PE plants. The site has several decades of experience producing ultra-high purity polymers for high voltage cable applications as well as low-pressure polymers for pipe applications. Borealis' leading product brands include Borlink™, Visico™, Casico™, and Borcoat™.
The core innovative competency in Stenungsund is high-pressure polyethylene (HPPE) development, particularly for energy applications. This includes HPPE process technologies, cross-linking polymer technology and production of super clean compounds from monomer to final packaging, the cornerstone of the Borlink™ technology. Key functions of the Borealis Energy team are based on site, ensuring a strong link to innovation throughout the entire product range, including materials for cutting-edge technologies such as extra high voltage (EHV) and high voltage direct current (HVDC) power cables.
Inaugurated in 2018, the Stenungsund High Voltage Testing Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility for testing cables offering alternate current (AC) and direct current (DC) simulation testing for the performance of commercial cable materials in the medium (MV), high (HV), and EHV ranges. When developing innovative new materials, testing is crucial to help ensure material safety and promote quality assurance. Within the framework of customer and value-chain cooperation, the HV testing center can also open up an entire spectrum of new project types, and can accelerate the time to market for innovations.