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Cobalt and lanthanide recovery from batteries

Objective

The COLABATS project will provide new industrial processes for the recycling of the critical metals Cobalt and Lanthanides and key economic metals Nickel and Lithium, from waste batteries, significantly improving recycling efficiencies and metal purity from existing recovery routes. Primarily Li-ion and NiMH will be targeted using novel task specific ionic liquids (TSILs) to selectively extract the metals. These batteries are found in everyday consumer products such as mobile phones, portable media players, etc., as well as other industrial equipment, and are prevalent in hybrid and electric vehicles, which are becoming increasingly widespread on our roads.
TSILs are molecules covalently tethered to a functional group. Targeted species will be low-cost, non-toxic, environmentally benign, and will require minimal or no processing to reuse them.
The battery recycling processes will be up-scaled to a pilot system using standard hydrometallurgical equipment and will include other novel concepts to further improve the process. The pilots will be operated in an industrial setting at battery recycling plants and demonstrated to the wider recycling and battery communities.
The technology will result in:
• Substantially reducing landfill waste by recovering recyclable metals of high purity
• Reducing critical metal consumption by increasing recycling efficiencies of spent battery waste. Hence, high purity recovered metals can be recycled into new batteries rather than landfilling or in the case of nickel, processed into lower value stainless steel.
• Substantially reducing environmental impact by introducing more sustainable hydrometallurgical processing to replace current standard pyrometallurgical processes. This will reduce energy consumption and emissions of CO2 and other pollutants.
• Increasing the capability of the SME community to carry out the complete recycling process, thereby taking advantage of the potential value chain of critical and high value metals markets.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage
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Coordinator

C-TECH INNOVATION LIMITED
Address
Capenhurst Technology Park
CH1 6EH Chester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 666 343,20
Administrative Contact
Bob Crawford (Dr.)

Participants (10)

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 649 702
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pablo Corengia (Dr.)
SOLVIONIC
France
EU contribution
€ 225 461
Address
11 Che Des Silos
31100 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sebastien Fantini (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 377 484
Address
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marie Adams (Mrs.)
A 3 APROFITAMENT ASSESORAMENT AMBIENTAL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 263 328,80
Address
Poligono Industrial El Congost - Calle Mas Pujol 15-17
08520 Les Franqueses Del Valles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristobal Hernandez (Mr.)
ENV-AQUA SOLUTIONS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 543 420
Address
Myton Road 304
CV34 6PU Warwick
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rod Kellner (Dr.)
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 278 500
Address
Chemin Du Vieux Chene 59
38240 Meylan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christophe Benoit (Mr.)
G. & P. BATTERIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 58 770
Address
Crescent Works Indistrial Park, Willenhall Road
WS10 8JR Willenhall
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Green (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 152 272
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katharina Bica (Dr.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 373 225
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Catrine Andersson (Ms.)
H. J. ENTHOVEN LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Darley Dale Smelter South Darley
DE4 2LP Matlock Derbyshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adam Williams (Mr.)