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Cobalt and lanthanide recovery from batteries

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603482

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 605 586,96

  • EU contribution

    € 3 588 506

Coordinated by:

C-TECH INNOVATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

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.

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

SOLVIONIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 225 461

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 377 484

A 3 APROFITAMENT ASSESORAMENT AMBIENTAL SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 263 328,80

ENV-AQUA SOLUTIONS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 543 420

CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 278 500

G. & P. BATTERIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 58 770

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 152 272

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 373 225

H. J. ENTHOVEN LIMITED

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603482

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 605 586,96

  • EU contribution

    € 3 588 506

Coordinated by:

C-TECH INNOVATION LIMITED

United Kingdom