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HSE unveiled as partner in project to create first supply chain for repurposing and recycling lithium ion car batteries


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is delighted to announce its involvement in a ground-breaking project to create a new circular end-of-life supply chain for the electric vehicle industry.

Connected Energy second life battery storage energy system

Connected Energy second-life battery energy storage system, E-STOR. Image courtesy of Connected Energy.

The RECOVAS project aims to provide a standardised and reliable route for recycling and repurposing lithium ion car batteries at a scale that can cope with expected future sales of electric vehicles in the UK.

EMR Metals Recycling, a world leading metal recycler, will oversee the project, with input from a number of consortium members including three major vehicle manufacturers; Bentley Motors, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover, the University of Warwick, HSE, the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Autocraft Solutions Group, Connected Energy, which repurpose electric car batteries and uRecycle, which will develop the UK's first commercial scale recycling facility for automotive battery packs.

Commenting on HSE's involvement, Dr. Stuart Hawksworth, who leads HSE's Centre for Energy Innovation, explains: 'We're excited to play a part in this important project. Only last week, the Government announced its intention to phase out sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. Our unique knowledge of the safety aspects of lithium ion battery technology will help the innovation required to make this happen be deployed safely'.

The project has won grant support from the UK Government's Advanced Propulsion Centre and commences in January 2021. It will run for 3 years, by which time the partners expect the circular supply chain to be operating commercially.

Read the official consortium press release here.




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