- Europe: So far, hardly companies can recycle the batteries
- Recycling rate must be raised
- German company as a recycling lighthouse in Europe
Teslas Global Supply Manager for Battery Metals, Warned Last Year, that you will be long-term, across the entire industry before delivery requests for battery raw materials such as nickel, copper and lithium. The rapid change towards e-mobility increases the demand for batteries in an incredible pace and in turn increases the demand for some specific materials used in the production of Li-ion battery cells.
Europe: So far, hardly companies can recycle the batteries
Auto expert Andreas Radics also from the management consultancy BERYLLS gave to Edison to understand that there are hardly any companies in Europe until today who can dispose of an e-car professionally and recycle a lithium-ion battery. In its function as an expert for Mergers & Acquisitions as well as for the development of corporate strategies in the automotive industry, RADICS is currently dealing with the transformation of the auto industry, including electromobility and can provide sound statements about the current situation.
Seven action recommendations for more sustainability has given us in September 2019 a study of E-Mobil BW for the raw material requirements of battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles with the hand. From the point of view of radics, it is also necessary that the topic recycling passes to the agenda of the disposal companies, but especially on politics. Specifications for the most extensive recycling of the E-component, especially the battery is missing.
Recycling rate must be raised
The recycling ratio of the battery material is today, depending on the company, about 60 to 70 percent, the valid EU Directive currently only writes a recycling rate of 50 percent. From the point of view of the automotive expert, it is extremely unlikely that this quota will rise to more than 90 percent if there are no sharper, binding recovery quotas. Simply and moving for the reason that the material recovery is not worthwhile despite rising commodity prices. The degradation of BSPW. Lithium and cobalt directly at the source is still too favorable. Nevertheless, one may assume that the steadily increasing demand for battery raw materials will ensure that prices for raw material and recyclat are equal. Recyclat is becoming increasingly attractive for the industry.
In addition to the actual recycling rate, the standardization of the batteries would be a great progress. Because the variety of battery types, for whose disassembly flexibility is necessary, makes recycling expensive. This means that many recycling work steps still need to be performed manually. Automation only makes sense if standard batteries must be recycled in large quantities. It should also be remembered that every transport from a lithium-ion battery is a dangerous goods transport. Short transport routes would therefore be desirable to minimize appropriate risks.
German company as a recycling lighthouse in Europe
In this context, the reference to the company Dueseenfeld. The German company recycles batteries from electric cars. Unless nothing new. However, the lithium-ion batteries are recycled at Duesisfeld where they are collected. This saves the dangerous transport of lithium-ion cells. In addition, 96 percent of a module are recycled by a hydrometallurgical process – VW currently portions a 97 percent recycling rate. Duesenfeld recycling is specially developed for lithium-ion batteries and achieves a very high material recycling efficiency without flue gas engineering.
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