BASF builds new prototype system for battery recycling in Brandenburg

BASF builds new prototype system for battery recycling in Brandenburg-battery

BASF is built in Schwarzheide, at the site of the cathode material facility, a prototype system for battery recycling. This enables the development of operating procedures and technology optimization to achieve higher recovery of lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese of outgoing lithium-ion batteries. At the same time, in the system, metals from products of cell manufacturers and manufacturers of battery materials can be recycled, which do not meet the product specifications.

In view of the expected rapid growth of electric cars, recycling offers competitive and sustainable access to relevant metals for cathode materials. The gained metals are used to produce new cathode materials and enable a circular economy for the battery value chain.

“With the investment in battery recycling and our process technology for the production of cathode materials, we want to close the cycle and at the same time reduce the CO2 footprint of our cathode materials by a total of up to 60 percent compared to the industry standard. Thus, we fulfill the requirements of our OEM customers in the automotive industry and contribute to a more sustainable future for us all.”- DR. Matthias Dohn, Senior Vice President Precious and Base Metal Services in the BASF Catalysts division

The investment will create about 35 new jobs in production, part of BASF with commissioning is planned for early 2023. Battery recycling is an important long-term market requirement to reduce the CO2 footprint for electric cars and fulfill stricter regulations expected under the proposed EU Battery Regulation, including recycling efficiencies and material recovery targets for nickel, cobalt and lithium.

The production site Schwarzheide is located in the state of Brandenburg. With the investment in Schwarzheide, BASF supports a European value chain for battery production and is part of the “Important Project of Common European Interest (IPcei)”, approved by the European Commission at the end of 2019 following the aid rules of the European Union. The market launch of innovative battery materials from the plant in Schwarzheide, the research on the development of next-generation battery materials and process development, including the BatteryCycling, by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy due to a decision of the German Bundestag and the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Energy State Brandenburg supported by a decision of the Landtag Brandenburg as part of the IPCEI for battery cell production.

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