Developing the UK's first supply chain for repurposing and recycling lithium ion car batteries
Connected Energy second-life battery energy storage system,
Image courtesy of Connected Energy.
As the world is decarbonising, the automotive industry is
Demand for electric vehicles is growing strongly and so too is
the need for the batteries to power them.
All batteries eventually reach end of life and need repurposing
Currently most batteries are shipped outside the UK for
processing. Not only is this financially costly, it's also
wasteful: batteries contain valuable precious metals which can be
recovered and reused in the UK electric vehicle supply chain.
How is HSE helping?
HSE Research and Consultancy is a partner in the RECOVAS project
which will introduce a new circular supply chain for electric
vehicle batteries in the UK, by developing the infrastructure to
collect and recycle electric vehicles and their batteries.
EMR Metals Recycling, a world leading metal recycler, will
oversee the project, with input from a number of other partners
including three major vehicle manufacturers; Bentley Motors, BMW
and Jaguar Land Rover, the University of Warwick, 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.
Scientists in HSE's Battery Safety team will provide expertise
in battery safety hazard and risk management as well as regulatory
risk management insight to the partners who are developing
operations, procedures and processes for recovering, handling,
processing and storing lithium-ion battery materials.
What do we want to find out?
The project will lead to the creation of processes, design
guidelines and a physical pilot facility to recover vehicle
batteries, allowing packs and materials to be re-used or
It will develop a process for the analysis of used batteries,
directing them to the most appropriate recycling stream - from pack
and cell re-use to recycling of materials.
It will also define the requirements for recyclability to be
designed into future vehicle battery packs.
The project is part funded by the UK Government's Advanced
Propulsion Centre and commenced in January 2021. It will run for 3
years, by which time the partners expect the circular supply chain
to be operating commercially.
If you would like to know more about our battery safety
capabilty or how HSE Bespoke Research and Consultancy could help
with the safe introduction of similar technologies, please contact
Stuart Hawksworth - firstname.lastname@example.org
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