ACELERON, a leading UK based battery developer has announced a collaborative iniaitive aimed at reusing and recycling the growing volume of batteries used in electric vehicles and light automotive applications.
The joint initiative is led by Axion, who develops and operates resource recovery and processing solutions for recycling waste materials together with Aspire Engineering a specialist in sustainable circular economy.
Together they are offering a full service for end-of-life lithium-ion batteries, which addresses the previously complex, expensive and energy-intensive issues associated with recycling. Batteries will be processed for remanufacturing, reuse and recycling by Aspire; tested and repurposed for second-life applications by Aceleron; and recycled by Axion.
Dr. Amrit Chandan, Chief Executive Officer of Aceleron said, “Applying Aceleron’s battery testing and repurposing technology with Aspire’s remanufacturing knowledge and Axion’s ability to efficiently recycle really provides a single point of service value for battery users and vehicle OEMs across the UK.”
“We are also finding a solution for the large number of cells from end-of-life portable electronic equipment. This will benefit cell suppliers, battery pack manufacturers as well as manufacturers of electric vehicles and power storage units,”he added.
The companies estimate that there could be more than 100,000 end-of-life batteries from electric vehicles that will need recycling or re-using over the next decade.
Axion’s Head of Engineering & Research, Sam Haig said: “Combining the skills of all three companies opens up a more cost-effective end-of-life route by recovering batteries that still have a useful life and extracts more value that can be passed onto clients.”
Aspire’s Managing Director, Ian Briggs said: “This venture brings together a strategic alignment of three companies which have the same goal and same environmental and sustainable ethos. This connection is bound by morals for a cleaner environment and a sustainable future.
“The drastic change to technology needed for an emission-free clean air solution needs partnerships like this to aid with solving the full circular economy business structure, enabling a complete sustainable solution. This full service offer we three companies provide will support major OEMs with their end-of-life vehicle directive requirements.”
Axion’s recycling sites in Manchester will operate as the hub for receiving batteries collected from customers. Here they will be assessed for their reuse potential using Aceleron’s innovative testing methods, and Aspire’s engineering and process operating model for disassembly and rebuild.
Batteries that have usable life remaining will be remanufactured or reused in a variety of applications by Aspire or Aceleron, with the remainder being recycled through Axion.