Study "Growth in Battery Recycling": PEM is Looking for Partners

24/02/2022

The chair "Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components" (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University is going to launch the consortium study "Growth in Battery Recycling: Analysis and Evaluation of Process Chains and Technologies" in May 2022. The project partners are to develop a strategic overview that will allow early identification of trends and challenges in the field of lithium-ion battery recycling. Participants are still being sought for the project.

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Project partners influence content as needed

The consortium partners are to scrutinize process steps and technologies and discuss which required criteria are currently already being met and which development potentials are necessary or possible. The study will take a holistic approach, encompassing the technological and economic aspects of battery recycling. The companies brought together are to influence the exact content of the study in order to be able to acquire specific knowledge according to their individual needs. The project is considered particularly relevant for "product owners", equipment manufacturers, and material and recycling specialists to evaluate processes and use the study results to enter or develop in the battery recycling market.

Battery recycling market in early phase with high growth rates

The background to the study is the expected increasing spread of battery-electric vehicles and the associated demand for lithium-ion batteries in the coming years. Recycling capacities for lithium-ion batteries are being built in Europe with a time lag to the market ramp-up of electromobility. The market for recycling is currently in an early phase with high growth rates and numerous entry opportunities. This development is reflected in numerous already announced recycling projects. Up to now, there is no established process route for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries, so that different combinations of individual processes and technologies are currently being applied or tested.

Questions and applications for the consortium study will be addressed by PEM expert Natalia Soldan via email to n.soldan@pem.rwth-aachen.de. Further information is available for download.