Electric Vehicle batteries to get a second life: Science business Solvay has partnered with resource management company Veolia to develop resource efficiency for critical metals used in lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

The extraction and purification of critical metals such as cobalt, nickel and lithium will be optimised by Solvay and transform them into raw materials for new batteries.

At its recycling facility in France, Veolia has already been dismantling batteries for EVs since 2013 – it is possible to treat the active cells and extract the active metals using mechanical and hydrometallurgical processes.

These metals are then transformed into new materials and used by industry.

Chairman and CEO of Veolia, Antoine Frérot said: “The recycling of EV batteries and the management of the pollutants they contain are major ecological and industrial challenges.

“By partnering, Veolia and Solvay help develop the recycling value chain and the production of strategic raw materials for the production of new batteries.”

Electric Vehicle batteries to get a second life

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