BASF and Stena join forces for closed-loop battery recycling

9 January 2024 | Muriel Cozier

Cooperation between industry actors will be essential for a successful green transition.

BASF has established a partnership with Stena Recycling, a European recycling company, to cooperate on improving black mass production processes.

The aim is to achieve high recovery rates for metals such as lithium, nickel and cobalt to support closed-loop solutions for the European electric vehicle battery market.

Stena Recycling will be responsible for the production of the black mass, which requires the mechanical treatment of end-of-life lithium ion batteries and battery production scrap at its facility in Halmstad, Sweden.

The black mass will then be processed at BASF’s prototype metal refinery in Schwarzheide, Germany, to recover the valuable metals. The partners aim to transfer this model into BASF’s planned European commercial scale battery recycling metal refinery. The partners add that the collaboration will allow battery producers and electric vehicle manufacturers in Europe to choose from a range of services.

‘By entering into a cooperation with Stena Recycling, we are strengthening BASF’s ability to offer a broadened battery collection network […] so that we can expand our offer for individual and closed loop solutions to battery producers and electric vehicle manufacturers in Europe.’ said Dr Daniel Schönfelder, President of BASF’s Catalysts Division.

‘The electrification of our society has only just begun, and we want to boost a circular approach to battery production. Cooperation between industry actors will be essential for a successful green transition,’ added Marcus Martinsson, Product Area Manager Batteries at Stena Recycling Group.

In a separate development the UK government is launching an electronic and battery waste management project in India. The announcement of the UK-funded project, which will develop a plan to reduce battery waste, was made as a UK delegation set out on a three-day visit to India, the aim being to build a closer trade and innovation partnership. The visit will also cover discussions on clean energy and progress toward a trade deal.

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