The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is delighted to
announce its involvement in a ground-breaking project to create a
new circular end-of-life supply chain for the electric vehicle
Connected Energy second-life battery energy storage system,
E-STOR. Image courtesy of Connected Energy.
The RECOVAS project aims to provide a standardised and reliable
route for recycling and repurposing lithium ion car batteries at a
scale that can cope with expected future sales of electric vehicles
in the UK.
EMR Metals Recycling, a world leading metal recycler, will
oversee the project, with input from a number of consortium members
including three major vehicle manufacturers; Bentley Motors, BMW
and Jaguar Land Rover, the University of Warwick, HSE, the UK
Battery Industrialisation Centre, Autocraft Solutions Group,
Connected Energy, which repurpose electric car batteries and
uRecycle, which will develop the UK's first commercial scale
recycling facility for automotive battery packs.
Commenting on HSE's involvement, Dr. Stuart Hawksworth, who
leads HSE's Centre for Energy Innovation, explains: 'We're excited
to play a part in this important project. Only last week, the
Government announced its intention to phase out sales of new petrol
and diesel cars and vans by 2030 to accelerate the transition
to electric vehicles. Our unique knowledge of the safety aspects of
lithium ion battery technology will help the innovation required to
make this happen be deployed safely'.
The project has won grant support from the UK Government's
Advanced Propulsion Centre and commences in January 2021. It will
run for 3 years, by which time the partners expect the circular
supply chain to be operating commercially.
Read the official consortium press release