Suez, BASF and Eramet launch EV battery recycling project

The research project is meant as a response to
the growing market for electric vehicles.
11.09.2019 − 

A closed-loop recycling system for lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles (EV) is the objective of a new project supported by the environmental services group Suez, the chemicals giant BASF and the mining and metallurgy group Eramet. Together with the EU, the three companies are providing a total of €4.7m. The funding is to be used for the large-scale development of a process and the establishment of an integrated industrial sector ranging from the collection of old batteries to the production of new electrode materials. The "ReLieVe" research project will run for two years starting in January 2020.

With the development of new recycling capacity for lithium-ion batteries, the project partners are responding to the rapidly growing electric mobility market. But the project is also intended to ad-dress the issue of securing the supply of raw materials required for the energy transition in Europe.

"Around 50,000 tonnes of batteries are ex-pected to be recycled by 2027 in Europe and it could be multiplied almost tenfold by 2035," said Suez COO Jean-Marc Boursier. With the "Re-LieVe" project, the group wanted to support this growing market, he added.

The French environmental services concern plans to contribute its expertise in the collection and dismantling of end-of-life batteries. Eramet will be responsible for developing and implementing the recycling process, and BASF for the production of cathode materials. The project partners are to receive scientific support from Chimie Paris Tech and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Representatives of the automotive sector are also to support the project by participating in its advisory committee.

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