German-Swedish collaboration to research sustainable battery recycling processes.
The requirements for energy sources with high specific voltages and charging cycles have strongly advanced the development of lithium-ion batteries in mobile applications. The increasing use of these batteries, however, also leads to an increased amount of waste. Utilising the resources contained in the spent cells is, therefore, indispensable for securing the supply of raw materials in the future. The increasing demand for lithium by leading European high-tech countries in combination with the alarming lack of available metals makes the development of recycling processes a must. Then secondary resources can be tapped, also leading to greater independence from imports.
Within the framework of the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, together with Vinnova from Sweden, is funding the LIBERO research project at RWTH Aachen University. The German-Swedish consortium, each with two partners from industry and research, is working together to create a robust, flexible, and waste-free process for battery recycling.
Source: “RWTH to design pilot plant for recycling 25,000 tons of batteries”, RWTH Aachen