BASF and Tenova Form Innovative Agreement to Recycle Lithium-ion Batteries Efficiently

  • 10-Mar-2023
  • Journalist: Jaideep

Germany: BASF and Tenova Advanced Technologies have entered into a long-term collaboration agreement to optimize the hydrometallurgical recycling process in Schwarzheide, Germany. The partnership will leverage TAT's novel Lithium solvent extraction (LiSX™) and Lithium electrolysis (LiEL™) technologies for the recovery and production of Lithium. This new recycling prototype plant promises to revolutionize the battery materials industry.

Tenova's TAT is set to start pilot campaigns and design a prototype plant at the BASF facilities in Schwarzheide, Germany. The goal is to have the prototype plant up and running by the end of this year. TAT is an expert in hydrometallurgy and project-specific process technologies and part of worldwide company Tenova which specializes in green solutions for the metals industry.

BASF has successfully launched its prototype plant, marking an important milestone in their strategy to increase their presence in the recycling and recovery of metals such as Nickel, Cobalt and Lithium. This achievement is a major step forward for BASF’s mission to make more efficient use of valuable resources.

BASF recently announced a significant investment in its Schwarzheide, Germany-based site as part of the European Union's Industrial Policy. The move reinforces BASF's dedication to bolstering Europe's battery production value chain and is in line with the "Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI)" approved by the European Commission on December 9th, 2019. This investment will help boost EU efforts towards creating a competitive and sustainable battery industry while adhering to State Aid rules.

The Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action, with the approval of the German Bundestag, and the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labor and Energy of Brandenburg, with approval from the State Parliament, have allocated funds to support research into next-generation battery materials and processes - including battery recycling - as well as the launch of innovative battery materials from Schwarzheide plant. This is part of an IPCEI for Batteries project (Funding codes 16BZF101A/B).

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