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Recycling of lithium based and lithium/polymer batteries


Objectives and content
The aim of the project is to develop a process that
enables the recycling of spent Li-batteries materials,
and to include these recycled materials in the process
line of battery manufacturing. Using the recycled
materials, the objective is to obtain a lithium polymer
battery with a specific energy of 150 Wh/kg and a
specific power of 200 W/Kg. To reach this objective, it
will be necessary to optimise the main components of the
The recycling process will guarantee the recovery of
Vanadium and Lithium compounds, which will be suitable
for reuse as raw material for battery components
manufacturing. The process will take into account all
environmental and safety (of human and equipment)
The final process will guarantee:
the recycling of 80 % weight of lithium contained in
the battery,
the recycling of 80 % weight of vanadium oxides
contained in the battery,
the recycling of 60 % weight of lithium salt contained
in the battery,
no emission of toxic components and gas,
the scale-up and demonstration of a 200 kg/month
battery recycling device.
The target of the project is to allow the recycling of
all the Li based batteries. This market is one of the
most promising in the world as its increasing is closely
linked to the development of two fast growing markets:
the portable equipment one (video camcorders, portable
phones, computers, ...) and the electrical vehicle one.
It could be envisaged that there will be more than 5.000
Tons/year of batteries to recycle all around Europe in
year 2005. This represents a major challenge for the
European industry.
7 partners from 4 European countries are involved in this
project. This allow to cover european countries from the
southern, the northern and the central part of the E.U.
Two R&D centres, a SME and major industrial companies are
involved in the project in order to develop the European
industry of battery and recycling. This project is
included in Brite Euram Areas. The subject covered by the
proposal is Area 2: 2.4.3.S that is Technologies to allow
recovery and re-use of components from complex and high
added value products, such as circuits and materials from
electrochemical and electronic products, at the end of
their life.


Bollore Technologies S.A.

29551 Quimper

Participants (6)

Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique
17,Rue Des Martyrs
38054 Grenoble
31,Via Borsellino E Falcone 31
20026 Novate Milanese
Electricité de France
Route De Sens - Ecuelles
77818 Moret-sur-loing
Gesellschaft für Elektrometallurgie Umwelttechnik GmbH
45,Höfener Strasse
90431 Nürnberg
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek
501,Laan Van Westenenk
7300 AH Apeldoorn
9,Avenue Fôret De Haye 9, Technopôle De Nancy-braboi
54505 Vandoeuvre-les-nancy