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Industry News Recycling lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles

Editor: Florian Richert

The growing market for e-vehicles will result in a massive recycling demand. According to experts, around 50,000 tonnes of batteries will be recycled in Europe by 2027. This will be covered by a new project.

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Eramet, BASF and Suez cooperate to develop an innovative recycling system for lithium-ion batteries.
Eramet, BASF and Suez cooperate to develop an innovative recycling system for lithium-ion batteries.
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The industrial members Eramet, BASF, and Suez have founded the project "Recycling of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles" (Relieve). It is funded by EIT Raw Materials, a consortium initiated and funded by the EU, and the three project members with 4.7 million euros. The aim is to develop an innovative closed-loop system to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles and enable the production of new lithium-ion batteries in Europe.

The recovery of nickel, cobalt, manganese and lithium elements into battery-compatible products is at the heart of current developments in the Eramet Group. "As a leading supplier of cathode materials to battery manufacturers of electric vehicles, BASF is confident that recycling will play an increasingly important role in the spread of electric mobility," says Daniel Schönfelder, Vice President Business Management, BASF Battery Materials Europe. Jean-Marc Boursier, Suez COO and Senior Executive VP Group, responsible for Northern Europe and IWS Europe, adds: "By 2027, around 50,000 metric tons of batteries are to be recycled in Europe, and by 2035 this figure could be almost 10 times higher. Suez supports this growing market with the Relieve project and by offering circular solutions for the future".

Accompanying the members in the rapid development of innovative solutions will be scientists from Chimie Paristech and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Project members will also be supported by the automotive industry, which will be represented on the advisory board.

The Relieve project will start in January 2020. Over two years, the participating companies will work on the large-scale development of this innovative process. This also includes the design of an integrated industrial sector, from the collection of old batteries to the production of new electrode materials.

This article was previously published in German on the Elektrotechnik.

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