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Project Partners

 

The TU Braunschweig is the central academic partner in the project. In almost every work package along the recycling chain an institute of the TU Braunschweig is involved in research tasks. The following institutes take on important tasks:

Institute for Automotive Management and Industrial Production (AIP)
Institute for Chemical and Thermal Process Engineering (ICTV)
Institute for High Voltage Technology and Electrical Power Systems (elenia)
Institute for Particle Technology (iPAT)
Institute for Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF)

At the TU Braunschweig the 'Battery LABfactory' have been erected. The aim of the laboratory is the scientific study of the entire production chain for batteries, from the production of the electrodes of the cell up to the module to system integration.

 

The brand ,Volkswagen Passenger Cars' is part of the Volkswagen Group. This group currently consists of twelve independent brands and a diversified range of products, ranging from ecologically conscious BlueMotion models on luxury and sports cars to light trucks and commercial vehicles. The Volkswagen Group is one of the biggest globally active automobile manufacturers. With the Tuareg Hybrid, the Jetta Hybrid and the new e-up!, Volkswagen has brought both hybrid and pure electric vehicles on the market. Further electrified models are in development.

Volkswagen supports the project in many ways. Especially extensive know-how is introduced for handling batteries in the project.

 

The Audi Group with the brands Audi and Lamborghini is one of the most successful carmakers in the premium and super sports car segment. With the Ducati brand, the Audi Group offers its clients also motorcycles in the premium segment. Audi is working hard on the electrification of the drive by the plug-in hybrid technology. A production-ready highlight at the International Motor Show 2013: Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.

As electric vehicle manufacturer Audi has a take-back obligation for traction batteries and supports the consortium in several work packages to enable a high-quality and cost-effective recycling.

 

Electrocycling operates since 1995 at the site of Goslar in Lower Saxony one to the latest state of the art designed industrial plant for the separation and treatment of WEEE. With 160 employees, up to now more than 400,000 tonnes of WEEE was recycled.

Electrocycling will build a mechanical pilot plant to dismantle vehicle batteries, to separate the recyclables and in particular to recover copper and aluminum.

 

 

Hosokawa Alpine provides equipment for the production and processing of powder particles in the size range from nanometers to millimeters in dry and wet methods. Parallel to the air classifier mills, dynamic separation of coarse and fine particles is a major product.

Hosokawa Alpine will together with other partners optimize existing methods for comminution and separation of battery materials. The company will deliver and set up a special crushing plant for the mechanical pilot plant.

 

I + ME ACTIA GmbH specializes in battery management systems (BMS), electronic control units and diagnostic technology (development, production and service) and provides for a variety of end uses since 2009 cell manufacturer-independent large-scale lithium batteries in a compact design as a system supplier.

To make the recycling process safely and effectively, the remaining electric power has to be removed from batteries or individual cells. I + ME Actia will develop flexible and economical discharge options that are suitable for different types of batteries.
 

 

The Solvay Fluor GmbH takes a leading position on the European and a 2nd Place on the world market with its inorganic and organic range of fluorinated compounds. Solvay Fluor produces, inter alia, MonoFluorEthyleneCarbonate for use in lithium ion batteries.

The liquid electrolyte must be separated for further recycling steps. Solvay Fluor will develop in this project a recovery and purification process for the organic solvents.

 

 

Rockwood Lithium is the global market leader for lithium products and one of the largest lithium producers of raw materials. The company is also a leading global provider of specialized metal products based on cesium, barium and zirconium.

In the LithoRec project Rockwood Lithium takes the role of hydrometallurgical processing of the separated active materials for the recovery of lithium salts, and the provision of the transition metal salts.

 

The battery research center MEET has been active for many years with the representation, development and characterization of materials for lithium-ion batteries, especially of new electrolyte materials with higher performance, better reliability and service life.

Et al the MEET will develop an electrolyte recovery process, and determine the appropriateness of the recycled material relative to the electrochemical performance.

 

Furthermore, four associated partners are involved in the project. They are

Lion Engineering is a Start-Up in the field of lithium-ion battery recycling with several patents and patent applications in this particular field.  Lion Engieering provides patented technology for the realization of the Lithorec II pilot plant.

 

 

With nearly 100 years of experience, H.C. Starck is a leading quality provider of technology metals tungsten, molybdenum, tantalum, niobium and rhenium, high-performance ceramics, and thermal spray powder. H.C. Starck and Japan New Chisso Corp. have established in September 2010 the joint venture CS Energy Materials Ltd. with the aim to jointly develop and produce cathode materials for high-performance lithium-ion batteries for operation of hybrid and electric cars.
 

H.C. Starck will develop a method for the processing of the separated transition metals in the project. The suitability of the recycled products for new cathode materials is verified by the JV.