Clean technology group Altilium announces partnership with upcycling and electrification vehicle firm Lunaz to develop a low carbon solution for end-of-life batteries.
The project, which has received funding from the Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF), is the latest addition to Altilium’s ecosystem of technological solutions, developed to ensure the responsible management of EV batteries, from end-of-life collection to direct re-use of recovered materials in the production of new batteries.
Through the collaboration, Lunaz’ team of engineers will use its electrification expertise and proprietary technology to develop a prototype upcycled electric Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV), specifically designed to transport end-of-life EV batteries, and capable of harvesting and running on electrical energy remaining in the batteries.
This will enable efficient, sustainable transport to Altilium’s planned recycling facilities, with the lowest environmental impact, while also discharging them prior to recycling.
Kamran Mahdavi, CEO of Altilium, said: “We’re excited to be driving innovation and shaping the future of sustainable, low carbon battery raw materials with our partners at Lunaz, who are at the cutting edge of upcycling ICE vehicles into EVs. Millions of EV batteries will need to be transported by the next decade for recycling or a second life. We are committed to developing low carbon logistical solutions that can cope with these high volumes of waste and support the development of a domestic circular economy for battery metals.”
Altilium also plans to open the UK’s largest EV battery recycling plant in Teesside in 2026. The facility will have the capacity to recycle batteries from 150,000 EVs a year, producing 30,000 MT of Cathode Active Materials (CAM) for return and reuse in the EV battery supply chain.
David Lorenz, founder and CEO of Lunaz, added: “Lunaz is proud to have closed the circularity loop with this partnership, further strengthening the company’s position as a fully integrated clean-tech leader. By unlocking the power of upcycling, something we are now able to at every stage of our unique process, we can provide even greater value and an ever-lessening carbon footprint.”
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